Sport and active recreation experiences provide unique opportunities for people with disabilities to participate enjoyable and developmental experiences. The volunteer or paid staff member facilitates these experiences and in turn derives much enjoyment and personal growth during the program. This comes about through communication and involvement in a range of activities. The bonding that occurs between the leader and the person with a disability enables the development of a trust relationship that provides an understanding of the person's potential ability.

Sport and active recreation experiences can contribute to the development of the person with a disability as well as the leader. Both may develop new skills and abilities as well as social and emotional growth, which contribute significantly to the development of self-esteem and self-worth. Through careful facilitation, participants are able to build on the development of independence skills that will contribute greatly to their integration and participation in the community.

Quality of life is much enhanced through well-planned and coordinated sport and active recreation activities. Preparation for the program is an important part of any experience and volunteers must ensure that they participate in training programs and information sessions that are arranged by the organization prior to the program. Volunteers have the personal responsibility to communicate with the coordinator/manager about concerns or needs that the volunteers think are important for them in carrying out their role in a responsible and effective way.

The leader plays a vital role in providing access for people with disabilities to sport and active recreation experiences or activities. Leaders are important people, who through their involvement make it possible for people with disabilities to be involved in rewarding community experiences. Leaders recognize their motivation and ability to facilitate and contribute to valuable sport and active recreation programs, and to encourage full participation of people with and without disabilities. The organizations through which all leaders work have very high levels of expectation. Much trust and responsibility is placed in the leader.

Within each of these sport and active recreation settings, the leader plays a very important role in assisting the participant. A leader may have the responsibility for a participant on a one-to-one basis and is required to assist the participant to achieve the predetermined goals of the sport or active recreation program.