Creating memories, one game at a time. - Company Message
About Us
C.A.T.S. is based on the belief that the quality of life of special needs children is the foundation for further growth and development in all other areas. C.A.T.S. strives to provide enjoyable sports programs for children of all ages and all ability levels. Through team sports, we hope to foster the experiences of friendship, leadership, confidence, and FUN!
For questions about your child's eligibility or program details please contact Margarita Benavides, Director at (703)597-4310.

The Nzone
14550 Lee Rd,
Chantilly, VA 20151
Phone: 703-266-0118

YMCA - Reston
12196 Sunset Hills Rd
Reston, VA 20190
Phone: 703-742-8800

Lee District Rec Center
6601 Telegraph Rd
Alexandria, VA 22310
(703) 922-9840

   Shenandoah Soccer Academy
20 W Oates Ave
Winchester, VA 22601
(703) 582-2802

14807 L Willard Road Chantilly VA 20151

Margarita Benavides, Founder and Director

Margarita has been providing ABA therapy to children, teens, and adults with disabilities since 2002. She studied Special Education and Applied Behavior Analysis at George Mason University. Margarita founded CATS in February of 2013. She has played sports all of her life and always hoped to be able to provide that same experience to children with special needs. Her inspiration derives from her cousin, Camilo, who has an intellectual disability. She takes pride and enjoyment in working with CATS athletes each week. She hopes to expand CATS programs to reach as many children as possible.

Hugo Benavides,
Director of Programs

Hugo has also been inspired by his cousin, Camilo, throughout his life and has given his time and efforts into growing CATS since its inception. He is a life-long soccer player and has a genuine passion for working with children as well as mentoring peer volunteers. His background in logistics and organizational management is vital to the ongoing maintenance and expansion of our programs.

Holly Senn,
Cheer Coach

Holly Senn is has been Child Life Specialist at Inova Children's Hospital in Falls Church, VA since 2004. Her
background is in child development and psychology with a degree from the University of Southern Mississppi. Holly has been with Phase Cheer and Dance since it's inception in 2012 serving as a cheer and tumble coach. She is currently coaching the Senior 2 and Youth 3 teams. Holly also volunteers throughout the year with Special Love, Inc which provides camps for children with cancer and their families.
Holly is SUPER EXCITED to be teaming up with CATS to start the Shooting Stars team!!

Jeremy Cohen,
Soccer Coach

Jeremy has taught at Navy Elementary in Fairfax since 2012 and is currently attending graduate school at American University; pursuing a teaching certificate and master’s degree in Elementary Education.

He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Richmond in 2004 with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Journalism before earning a Master’s degree in Sports Leadership from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2005.

Jeremy joined CATS as a coach in Spring 2013. CATS gave him the opportunity to combine his love of sports and working with children with special needs. The most rewarding aspect of CATS for him is the smile on the athletes faces when they score a goal or make a basket.

Bridget Key, Soccer and Basketball Coach

Bridget has enjoyed playing sports all of her life, especially basketball.  She have enjoyed sharing her knowledge of athletics with her niece, Allison. She is currently an after school coach for Loudoun and Fairfax County athletic programs during the week. Being a coach with CATS has been a great experience.  In fact it has sparked an interest in going to school to learn more about working with people with special needs.

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