1Team1Goal is a nonprofit 501c3 organization for special needs children & adults interested in football, cheer, dance, music.
Check out this great video that we played right before our dance team performed in front of a 1,075 audience on May 25, 2018. This video explains our 1Team1Goal program.
We have an amazing staff that helps coordinate peer role models for our special needs children and adults to play football, cheer, and dance.
For our dance program we pair with Music City AllStars. We have dance class at MCAS' studio every Wednesday, September through May, and then we perform at TPAC for MCAS' recital.
Our 4 football teams and our cheer teams partner with Battle Ground Academy, Brentwood High School, Ravenwood High School, and Nolensville High School to play our games.
We take our volunteers to the YMCA's Full Circle program to help assist in their special needs soccer, basketball, and softball games throughout the year.
1Team1Goal was officially started 7 years ago when Traci Semptimphelter and Karen Dudas partnered with Brentwood Blaze Football to put on "Athletes for Autism Day" at Crockett Park. The thought was that all children needed to be a part of a "team", and that someone should have a "goal" to provide these opportunities.
Unofficially, the idea for 1Team1Goal started 30 years ago, when Traci became involved in her Waterloo, Iowa's high school program, Gateway, that mentored with special needs children and adults. She became very close with Doug Sturch, who was born with Down Syndrome.
After college and while working for a wheelchair and medical supply company, Traci lived with and cared for a quadriplegic woman. When she was 25 years old, she was a licensed respite foster parent for two girls. Traci then moved to Nashville where she was a professional cheerleader for 3 years, did some modeling and acting for 4 years, and then coached cheer and dance for more than 6 years.
She is now married to Scott, who was a professional football player for 8 years, and has coached for more than 18 years. They have 3 children, Nick, Graci, and Cross. They adopted Cross from Guatemala at 6 months old, and when he was 2 he was diagnosed with autism. Because of autism, they now all have extensive training in behavior therapy.
They live just south of Nashville, TN, and visit Iowa every year to see Traci's family, friends, and special friend, Doug Sturch.
Traci understands the importance of a team and working toward a goal. She is an advocate for children with special needs, consults many parents of special needs children, and has dedicated herself to growing this 1Team1Goal program to help as many children as she can.
Through Traci's compassion, leadership, and guidance, 1Team1Goal is dedicated to enhancing the lives of children with special needs, financial needs, social needs, and psychological needs.
To provide a positive experience for athletes with special needs to be a part of a team, whether that be football, cheer, or dance. We strive to promote mental, physical, and spiritual development through team building with 1:1 typical peer role models. Our #1 goal is to build friendships through team work.