I want to take a minute to say Happy Holidays to everyone. The year went by waaaayyy too fast and we are already looking into 2011.
Last year, we tried to increase our programs to include Sled Hockey, and launched our Jr. Adventure program to provide more non-competitive activities and events. Altogether, we provided 124 opportunities for you all to take part in. That does not include the drop-in Cycling opportunities that were available to you at the Adaptive Cycling Center. 2011 is going to be just as amazing, if not better.
Our wheelchair basketball program is thriving. The Prep team will be defending the National Championship they won last season. The Varsity team is on the verge of making their way back to the National Tournament and will be trying to qualify over the next couple of months. The Recreational basketball program continues to grow and new kids are always dropping in.
Sled Hockey is going to continue to grow thanks to the support of the Oakland Ice Center, the Always Dream Foundation, the National Hockey League Players Association, and the Firefighters efforts to support the program with the Guns ‘n’ Hoses Hockey Game. We will continue to grow and develop the Sled Hockey program with the intent on having the same successes on the ice that we have seen on the basketball court.
Our Jr. Adventure Program is growing. In 2010 our activities included scuba diving, camping, Alcatraz, baseball games (both A’s and Giants), rock climbing, kayaking and more. In 2011 we are going to step it up even more. We are starting the year off with Snow Skiing on Jan. 22, and are planning another trip to the snow in March. We will continue to provide activities including scuba diving, rock climbing, kayaking, water skiing, rafting and more. We are going to offer a Jr. Adventure Camp this summer to give you all an assortment of activities packed together in one action packed week.
In April, we will be having an end of the season Banquet to celebrate the kids success.
This summer we will be having our Summer Energy Challenge again from June – August where we track the activities that the kids do within BORP’s programs. We will again be trying to hit the 250,000 calorie mark. Last year the kids pushed their chairs and rode bikes over 1600 miles and burned over 239,000 calories.
This year we will again be doing our now famous truck-pull.
This year we will be moving the location and the kids will need to earn the right to pull the truck.
So, get ready. 2011 is going to be amazing. Please make sure that if there is another kid in your school that has a physical disability, you tell them about BORP and get them out to take part in our programs.
I hope you all have a great New Year and I will see you all soon!