When a Community Comes Together!
By Dan Moffet
(April 18, 2011) –When a community comes together the possibilities are limitless. This past Saturday, several businesses came together to give back to the very community that supports them. Statics show 1 out 150 children are diagnosed with autism; also there are several children who have special needs. A special needs child can range from a child with a slow learning disability, speech and language delays, vision and hearing delays, autism, down syndrome, mental illness, physical or health impairments.
This past Saturday the Learning Links School hosted the first annual Field of Champions event at Columbus High School. It was truly an awesome demonstration of how the community can make a difference in so many lives. The Field of Champions turned out to be a family fun fest carnival type of setting, with bounce houses, inflatables, games and so much more. The Field of Champions celebrated children with various exceptionalities between the ages of 5 to 11 that competed in a series of Olympic-Field Day style events which demonstrated their amazing physical abilities. And to make it just that much more exciting, parents had to join in the various events such as the three-legged race, obstacle course relays, inner tube races, water balloon tosses, sack races, tug of war and much more.
Companies that sponsored the event didn’t only just provide resources, but they sent their staffs to support the event in full force. Wearing their company’s t-shirts, they also jumped into the competitions, going head to head in the tug of wars, relay races, sack races, and more. And let’s just say there was no need to hire a comedian because there enough laughs to go around for everyone. All the events were cheered on by the Ferguson Falcons Cheerleaders & IDOL cheer members who donated their time as well.
The Learning Links School (www.learninglinksschool.org), co-founded by Olga Ruiz, and Yarisa Valle-Echevarria, is dedicated to providing educational, emotional, and social development for special needs students, as well as educating the parents how to raise happy, healthy children. Learning Links school’s founder, Olga Ruiz was asked, what motivated you to establish an institution that primarily focuses on educating special needs students? Olga replied, “We know that these children future depend on their families, teachers, therapists and strong resources that can make a difference in their lives. We wanted to be one of those resources that families could depend on when it came to maximizing their child’s potential within their family, school, and community life. ”
Jonah Woullard, co-founder of Generation Nexxt said, “With the support of the community, we will continue to promote special needs awareness. These kids deserve to be showcased just as much as the kid who throws for over 20 touchdowns, or the kid that takes the last shot to win the game. Getting these extremely talented kids involved in structured activities like today gives them a strong sense of accomplishment, self esteem, and a new sense of pride which will truly carry over into their everyday quality of life.”
Other companies and organizations that partnered to create such a fun-filled day for over 100 special needs children are MCCI-Medical Care Consortium Inc.-MCCIMedicalgroup.com, Armor Correctional Health Services Inc.-Armorcorrectional.com, Quantum Technology Partners, New York Life, Betty Bu Party Rentals, IDOL-Athletes of Miami Cheer and Dance, Ferguson Falcons High School Cheerleading Squad, Tamiami Colts Football and Cheerleading Program, Columbus High School, and TSS Photography. Thanks to these companies, there will be lasting memories of all of these Champions that took the field and all took home the gold at the first annual Field of Champions.
Be sure to log on to www.mygennexxt.com to catch the exiting highlights & interviews of the first annual Field of Champions on this week’s edition of Generation Nexxt Youth Sports Network.