What We Do
Sidelined serves the community of permanently sidelined athletes in three ways:
RESOURCES - We publish research-based articles and interviews to assist in a healthy adjustment and emotional recovery. Through Sidelined USA, sidelined athletes are empowered with practical tools to help them move forward.
CONNECTION - Sidelined athletes need to know they are not alone. We connect sidelined athletes to others who have experienced career-ending injury/health condition through our online closed Facebook group and our Sidelined Stories interviews.
MENTORSHIPS - Sidelined USA exists to reunite permanently sidelined athletes with their passions. Through our mentorship program, we inspire and equip sidelined athletes to reconnect with their passions through alternate avenues.
Cade Pinalto became permanently sidelined his 7th grade year. Cade, who was a dedicated athlete and basketball player, was told he would no longer be able to compete in his sport. Later, when Cade reached high school, the mens varsity basketball coach offered to teach him how to coach. The experience was incredible as Cade was able to participate in his sport through another avenue. Cade started the idea for Sidelined Chicago in April of 2016. With the help of his mother, Co-founder Christine Pinalto, and the Sidelined team, Sidelined Chicago was brought to fruition. In 2018, Sidelined went nation-wide and launched Sidelined USA.
Sidelined is working to better the lives of sidelined athletes, helping them make the shift to redefine their satisfaction and embrace their new reality in a meaningful way.
Sidelined USA exists to reunite permanently-sidelined athletes with their passions and inspire them to find a meaningful way forward.
To see athletes create a positive mindset within themselves, requiring their personal best, in order to confidently face and overcome their challenges, both on and off the court/field.
Our Core Values
Author Charles R. Swindoll once said, “Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.” Sidelined USA believes that no matter the circumstance, there is always room for positivity. Positivity propels one to move forward in life. Successful athletes believe that they are never out of the fight. This attitude translates to any aspect of life, including being sidelined. If one seeks success, one must also seek positivity.
Sidelined USA values the ability to adapt to the challenges of life. The Sidelined USA mission is built on the idea of adapting to a negative situation to create a positive outcome where there seemingly was none. Sidelined athletes must learn to do we what Sidelined calls “make the shift” and adapt to their new reality. No athlete expects to be permanently sidelined, however, they can make the best of the situation by channeling their passion for competition through an alternate means of participation. “All failure is failure to adapt. All success is successful adaptation,” - Max Mckeown
Sidelined USA knows that life doesn’t always work out the way people expect it will. However, the key to dealing with any unexpected change is to power through and confront the challenges. In the life of a sidelined athlete, perseverance is crucial. Studies show that the solution/resolution to being sidelined is finding a new passion or challenge. The road to resolution can be long and hard. Just as perseverance is needed in sports, it is also needed to get through the devastation of being permanently sidelined.
Sidelined USA desires to maximize its community impact and support an underserved community, permanently-sidelined athletes. Permanently-sidelined athletes are in need of social support and coping resources to navigate a healthy emotional adjustment to their new reality. To that end, Sidelined is building an array of resources available for free on our website, accessible to all sidelined athletes and their families. Sidelined USA encourages permanently-sidelined athletes to step into a new chapter of their lives and pursue a new passion or challenge. Our organization utilizes members of the local community to mentor sidelined youth in their area of expertise.
Sidelined USA is passionate about serving the community together. Sidelined is an organization built on the foundation of giving back to others what we have received. Similar to an individual athlete contributing as just one member of a larger team, Sidelined USA and its members recognize that we are a part of something bigger than ourselves and are committed to working together for the greater good. “In a real sense all life is inter-related . . . Whatever affects one directly affects all indirectly. I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. This is the inter-related structure of reality." - Rev. Martin Luther King
Sidelined USA values high work ethic and devotion. The skills that make one successful as a competitor in the sports world carry over to other pursuits. Putting forth maximum effort, cultivating resilience, and focusing on the details are all relevant within the Sidelined Program. John Wooden once said, “It is the little things that are vital. Little things make big things happen.” One must be devoted to the task and determined to work to the fullest personal potential. Maximum effort will yield maximum results.