OSWEGO – Move Along, Inc. representatives were on hand at Kingsford Park Elementary School in Oswego recently to demonstrate to students several programs that build awareness for adaptive sports.
The all-day event, which was held during the physical education classes, also included a 3-on-3 wheelchair basketball tournament and “penny war” fundraiser that were each coordinated by the Kingsford Park School Student Council.
Move Along, Inc. is a non-profit organization, founded by Oswego native Greg Callen that provides adaptive recreational opportunities for people who live with physical disabilities in Central New York.
During the demonstrations, students were able to use a variety of adaptive sports equipment, and participate in team relay races, play basketball, and learn more about the organization.
In conjunction with the Move Along, Inc. visit, members of the KPS Student Council coordinated a 3-on-3 wheelchair basketball tournament that included teachers and students, as well as a fundraiser to raise money for the non-profit organization.
“We decided on a ‘penny war’ fundraiser,” according to KPS Student Council Advisor Beth McCauley. “Each team was given a container with their photos on it, to place in the cafeteria everyday during lunch periods. Students and staff could donate pennies to the team(s) of their choice.”
Pennies were considered positive points, while other monies placed in the containers would be points deducted from those teams.
She added, “The end result, was ‘bragging rights’ for the team that raised the most, but more importantly $271 was raised from all the teams and donated to Move Along, Inc.”
According to McCauley, the experience with Move Along, Inc. and their representatives throughout the day, was very educational and rewarding for the students.
She also wanted to extend her gratitude to KPS physical education teachers Jeff Gordon, who helped coordinate the demonstrations and 3-on-3 games, and also Mike Connors, for their assistance throughout the day.
For additional information on Move Along, Inc., please visit www.movealonginc.org