All Abilities Athletics, Inc. had a special Christmas event day Sunday, Dec. 3, at the George Wingbermuehle Activity Center at St. Francis Borgia Regional High School, Washington.
In addition to some regular athletic activities, such as kickball, basketball and obstacle courses, All Abilities Athletics had several special activities planned.
All Abilities athletes took a break from their sports activities to sign cards that All Abilities Athletics made for police officers in Washington, Union, St. Clair and New Haven. Santa also made an appearance, giving the All Abilities athletes the opportunity to sit on his lap if they wanted and tell him what they would like for Christmas.
SFBRHS student Anna Rembecki donated her time to take each athlete’s picture with Santa and even brought her own printer so that she could print the pictures and give them to the families at the event.
All Abilities Athletics also made “take care” packages for area homeless from donated items that will be provided to an area homeless advocate for distribution. It also collected nonperishable food items for the Little Food Pantry of Washington. The food was delivered to Jane Maune of Little Food Pantry Thursday, Dec. 7.
All Abilities Athletics has also been encouraging its athletes and volunteer families to engage in “30 Days of Kindness,” to try to do at least one small act of kindness every day for 30 days.
All Abilities Athletics is a local nonprofit organization dedicated to providing sporting opportunities to area children with conditions such as autism, cerebral palsy, Aicardi syndrome, Down syndrome, ADHD and global delay syndrome.
Any child with special needs from age 2 to 18 is welcome. More than 100 kids with special needs participate in All Abilities Athletics’ event days, which are free.
All Abilities Athletics athletes are paired with “buddies,” who are trained volunteers who assist the athletes as needed. Event activities are planned by a coordinated team of occupational and physical therapists, special education teachers, physical education teachers and special needs parents.
The event days provide the athletes with athletic, as well as social, opportunities and give parents of kids with special needs a chance to meet. Following a short winter break, event days will resume in January 2018.
For more information, including how to enroll an athlete, volunteer or donate, visit www.allabilitiesathletics.org.
To donate to the Little Food Pantry, people may call Jane Maune at 636-390-8815.