ABLE Youth
Aug 14, 2020
Amy Saffell
ABLE Youth

 

ABLE (Athletes Building Life Experiences) Youth is a non-profit organization that strives to equip youth with physical disabilities with independence skills, most often using sports as a motivating catalyst, so that they can become happy, healthy, and productive members of society.  ABLE Youth is the only organization of its kind in Tennessee and serves about 50 kids, ages 2-22, and their families each year. ABLE Youth activities include a travel wheelchair basketball team, monthly Super Sports Saturdays, trips to Paralympic style athletic meets, a yearly Independence Camp, participation in local road races, career exploration opportunities, and many more events. Through ABLE Youth programming, kids learn that they can do far more than they imagined and gain the confidence, social skills, and desire to excel so that they can live out their dreams. ABLE Youth relies on donations to continue providing programming for our families, and The Will Bell Golf Classic, to be held this year on Friday, October 2nd at Franklin Bridge Golf Course, is ABLE Youth's largest annual fundraiser.

 

 

Amy Saffell is the Executive Director of ABLE Youth, where she helps kids who use wheelchairs learn to be happy, healthy, and independent, just like she herself learned to do in her own life. She was born in Atlanta and moved to Nashville after graduating from Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina in 2004 and worked at a record label for 12 years, EMI/Capitol Christian. She is a member of Get Fit Franklin, the boards of Achilles International Nashville and Fashion Is For Every Body, the Nashville Mayor's Committee for People with Disabilities, has completed 12 half marathons, and also leads Nashville's adaptive rock climbing group.