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Dairyland Sports Corporation

Madison, WI   |  https://www.dairylandsports.org/

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Mission

Dairyland Sports aims to improve access to adaptive sports, fitness, and recreational opportunities for individuals with physical disabilities. We work to engage and empower individuals of all abilities and ages to improve their health and well-being through participation in sport, fitness, and recreation across the lifespan.

Ruling year info

2018

President & Executive Director

Dr. Jacob Graboski

Main address

PO Box 45736

Madison, WI 53744 USA

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EIN

82-3718737

NTEE code info

Amateur Sports Competitions (N70)

Physical Fitness/Community Recreational Facilities (N30)

Other Recreation, Sports, or Leisure Activities N.E.C. (N99)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Dairyland Sports aims to improve access to sport & fitness opportunities for individuals with physical disabilities, who have been largely under-served and marginalized for centuries in the sport & fitness community. We understand the immeasurable value that sport & fitness can play in the lives of all individuals, including evidence-supported benefits in physical, mental, and social health. Dairyland Sports is working to reduce barriers to access by providing new athletic programming for individuals with physical disabilities, supporting existing athletic programming for individuals with physical disabilities, and serving to educate communities about local and national opportunities for adaptive athletes to work towards their personal and professional goals! Importantly, Dairyland Sports serves as the only Move United chapter member in Wisconsin offering multi-sport programming for youth athletes (75+ athletes, 8 states in Midwest) to qualify for national and Paralympic competition.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Dairyland Games

Wisconsin's first and only regional adaptive sports competition and qualifier for The Hartford Nationals - presented by Move United. The Dairyland Games serves both novice & elite adaptive athletes in a Paralympic-style format. Sporting events include track, field, swimming, and powerlifting with various exhibitions/clinics in other adaptive sports. Events are open to individuals of all ages living with a physical and/or visual disability as defined by US Paralympic committee.

Dairyland Games proudly hosts over 75 adaptive athletes and their families from 8 states across the Midwest, 100+ volunteers, and hundreds of spectators each year. Spectators are welcomed & encouraged to attend! Event sponsors and community adaptive sports organizations/businesses are encouraged to partner with us to bring the best experience to the athletes.

Population(s) Served
Veterans
Adults
Children and youth
People with disabilities
Economically disadvantaged people

Fitness Foundations provides youth & adult individuals with physical disabilities the opportunity to improve their strength, endurance, balance, and foundational movements on a weekly basis. The Fitness Foundations program is led by a Certified Inclusive Fitness Trainer, with additional volunteer assistance from University of Wisconsin Doctor of Physical Therapy students to promote an atmosphere of inclusion, education, and expertise. Fitness Foundations promotes a holistic approach to health through inclusion of hands-on individualized training, group fitness instruction & socialization with peers, and access to community-based resources & education. Individuals of all experiences and interests are welcomed and encouraged to attend as we will work to meet your goals, no matter what they may be!

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
People with disabilities
Veterans
Adults
Students

The MadCity Invitational is Wisconsin's premiere NWBA wheelchair basketball invitational tournament, and first-of-its-kind in Madison, Wisconsin! MadCity Invitational hosts Junior Varsity divisions of NWBA teams from across the Midwest, with opportunities to experience elite competition at its finest over the course of a 2-day tournament. The MadCity Invitational is a regional qualifier for NWBA Nationals and host tournament for our local team in Madison - the MadCity Badgers!

Population(s) Served

The Dairyland Sports Track & Field Program is designed as a training and practice opportunity for both newcomers & experienced adaptive athletes to participate in Paralympic-style track & field events. Practices are open to individuals of all experience levels, and serves as a lead-up to the annual Dairyland Games competition. Track & Field events include both seated and ambulatory divisions including shot put, discus, javelin, long jump, club throw, sprints, distance-running, and relays.

Population(s) Served

Dairyland Sports offers exhibition sessions for adaptive & wheelchair tennis, in collaboration with United States Tennis Association (USTA) and local tennis clubs/organizations in the Greater Madison community. This program is specifically designed for learning the skills of adaptive & wheelchair tennis, including agility drills, hand-eye coordination drills, sport-specific movements, and, of course, playing tennis matches against partners of similar abilities! Equipment is available for individuals to try out, both standing & seated athletes welcomed!

Population(s) Served
Students
Children and youth
People with disabilities
Veterans
Students
Children and youth
People with disabilities
Veterans
Students
Children and youth
People with disabilities
Veterans

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Move United Chapter Member 2024

Safe Sport Trained 2024

National Wheelchair Basketball Association Member 2024

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Dairyland Sports aims to engage and empower all individuals, regardless of ability or experience, to improve their health and well-being through participation in sport & fitness. We are working to build an extensive partnership network with local and national adaptive sports organizations so that we may serve as a "one-stop-shop" for all Wisconsin athletes, families, and healthcare professionals who are interested in getting more involved with adaptive sports. We are committed to developing high quality athletic programming, supporting our local adaptive sports partners through financial and in-kind donations, and providing education to the next generation of caring and compassionate individuals who want to assist in our mission. Additionally, we continue to push for equity of services for individuals with disabilities in the healthcare system who deserve to have access to high-quality sports medicine clinics, educated and knowledgeable healthcare providers, access to low-cost sports equipment, and improved training & sports performance opportunities so that they may excel in their sport and fitness goals.

Dairyland Sports has taken tangible steps towards building our organization since its incorporation in December of 2017. Our strategy for 2021 will be to reach out to local elementary, middle, and high schools to improve recruitment of school-aged adaptive athletes, improving our presence in the scientific research community by serving as expert panels and partners with Universities, expanding our annual budget to include an annual NWBA wheelchair basketball tournament and year-long group fitness training, and continuing to build our network of partners and sponsors who work to assist us in our mission. Dairyland Sports has committed to providing annual service-learning opportunities and internships for interested volunteers, with preference for building strong connections with students in the healthcare fields.

Currently, our organization is fiscally capable of providing summer training for athletes, our annual Dairyland Games event as a qualifier for Move United Junior Nationals, and engaging in continued educational programming and presentations in the local community. Our board and directors graciously volunteer to lead this organization without compensation in order to adhere to a relatively small annual budget of 20,000. Through improved partnerships with local healthcare systems, fundraising events, and private donations, we could greatly expand our ability to reach more athletes and provide more services for a very deserving population who has been disadvantaged for far too long. We work hard to ensure that our athletes are not financially burdened by membership fees, registration fees, and other costs associated with participation in our programming. Therefore, we provide these programs at no-cost or very low-cost to the athletes and families and rely heavily on public funding to ensure we can be viable for years to come.

Dairyland Sports annually serves individuals with physical disabilities, including medical diagnoses of spina bifida, spinal cord injury, cerebral palsy, amputations, dwarfism, multiple sclerosis, and many congenitally-acquired neurological disabilities. We provide programming for 90+ days out of the year, mainly in the spring/summer, with in-kind assistance from volunteers, staff, and sponsors. In 2019, nearly 75 athletes traveled from 8 states across the Midwest to compete in the annual Dairyland Games with events in track, field, swimming, and various interactive clinics from local organizations. We have been able to build a partnership with University of Wisconsin - Madison Doctor of Physical Therapy Program and we provide an annual, year-long service-learning opportunity for 3 students to develop exercise programming for our athletes, train with athletes, and learn more about how to be future advocates of adaptive sports in their careers. We also offer 1 on 1 strength and conditioning services via one of our staff members who is a Certified Inclusive Fitness Trainer and member of our team.

In 2021, we hope to expand our athletic programming by establishing an annual NWBA Wheelchair Basketball Invitational based out of Madison, WI. We have partnered with Mad City Wheelchair Sports to work towards this goal, and anticipate hosting a tournament in October 2021 with wheelchair basketball teams from various states across the Midwest. In addition, our team at Dairyland Sports seeks to serve as expert consultants in the implementation of innovative programming and services housed within the sports medicine department of a local healthcare system.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We share the feedback we received with the people we serve, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time, It is difficult to get honest feedback from the people we serve

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Dairyland Sports Corporation

Board of directors
as of 01/25/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Dr. Jacob Graboski

Adapt Physical Therapy & Fitness

Term: 2026 - 2024

Deborah Jenks

SSM Health

Brandon Holstein

Madison Area Sports Commission

Stephanie Mueller

Monarch Insurance

Blaise Nemeth

UW Health

Caroline Scott

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/25/2024

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

No data

Transgender Identity

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/25/2024

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.