I am writing to ask for your support. On April 16th 2012, I will be running in the 115th Boston Marathon as part of Team AccesSportAmerica.
AccesSportAmerica, a national non-profit organization founded in 1995 by Ross Lilley, inspires higher function and fitness for children and adults of all disabilities through high-challenge sports. AccesSportAmerica first came to national attention when The Boston Globe reported on Ross and his son, Joshua born in 1985 with cerebral palsy and quadriplegia, windsurfing off the coast of Cape Cod.
Today, AccesSportAmerica focuses on adaptive high-challenge water sports and year-round conditioning and sports activity to build on newly acquired function and well-being. Programs are designed to promote each person's highest physical and athletic potential while cultivating social and emotional well being.
As a veteran Boston Public Schools intensive special education teacher, I have witnessed first hand the positive impact ASA has on our cities youth with significant disabilities. When given access to programs such as: adaptive biking, adaptive sailing on the Charles River, and adaptive team sports; my Boston Public School students thrive on the challenge. These opportunities are truly once in a lifetime opportunities (for many of us). ASA adapts sports that the most agile of athletes find challenging and bring these sports to children and adults with disabilities. The exhilaration inherent to each sport is just a part of the experience which fosters positive change in function and fitness as well as attitude and expectation for a life lived with a disability. Programs are designed to promote each person's highest physical and athletic potential while cultivating social and emotional well being. We are seeking to create a community where differences are diminished, blurred and often erased. The programs are designed to build a community of relationships that last a lifetime.The experience teaches and models the process of seeking and achieving hard-to-reach accomplishments. Ross and his staff at ASA have provided such opportunities to our cities most under served youth in a positive, upbeat, educational, and empowering environment.
I am proud to have worked closely with AccesSport America over the years, and it is an honor to be running the 2012 Boston Marathon on behalf of this forward thinking organization. Please contact me at email@example.com, if you have any questions :) Regardless, thank you for taking the time to visit, and remember that every little bit helps.
Please help me support this fantastic non-profit organization, which provides access to high challenge sports to children and adults with disabilities, by making a tax deductible ($10, $26, $50, or more) donation today!
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