Running teams for children with autism, coached by college student-athletes.




Step Ahead is a national network of college student-athlete directed running teams for kids ages 6-13 on the autism spectrum, as well as their neurotypical siblings.

Our programs strive to increase the self confidence and skill levels of the young runners by providing a positive, supportive environment. We emphasize social opportunities for both parents and children to make valuable connections in a welcoming community space.


How does Step Ahead Work?

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Free for Families

In order to make joining the Step Ahead family an option for all families, we ensure that the program is zero-cost for any who want to participate.

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Community Support

Parents of athletes are given a weekly space to network, make friends, and connect on a higher level with fellow community members.  

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Developing Leaders

Varsity student-athletes are leaders on and off the field. Every campus chapter is founded and directed by college student-athlete volunteers.

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Increasing Confidence

Setting a new personal record, completing a lap, or finishing a race are exciting events that help children improve their self-confidence. Our main goals are for athletes to have fun and do their best!

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