Kids living with chronic illnesses are more than just patients

They are artists. They are musicians. They are athletes.

CoachArt connects kids impacted by any chronic illness with a volunteer coach to be mentored in an arts or athletics activity.

CoachArt Families


Since 2001, CoachArt has successfully matched more than 10,000 students in private and group lessons

  • All materials for the lessons are provided by CoachArt and there is never a cost to the family or the volunteer
  • CoachArt children have chronic, physical illnesses and conditions that require ongoing treatment, such as – arthritis, cancer, cerebral palsy, diabetes, heart disease, HIV, kidney failure, Spina Bifida, craniofacial anomalies and various orthopedic disabilities, among other conditions
  • Siblings that meet our age criteria of 5-18 years also qualify to participate in CoachArt programs


Does your child want to learn any art or athletic activity for free, either in 1-on-1 lessons or group lessons called clubs?

Qualifications: 5-18 years old, having any physical illness lasting at least 3 months

San Diego CoachArt Spring Paint Workshop


In the words of activist Claire Wineland, a former CoachArt student –

“We cannot keep teaching people who are sick that they need to be healthy before they can live their lives.”

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