NEW YORK, June 18 /PRNewswire/ -- On June 21, 2008, New Alternatives for Children (NAC), a New York City-based child welfare agency exclusively serving children with severe disabilities and/or chronic illnesses, will hold its 3rd Annual NAC Kids Olympics at Riverbank State Park in Upper Manhattan from 12:00 noon to 3:30 pm rain or shine.
600 - 800 children with disabilities, their siblings and family members are expected to participate in the 2008 NAC Olympics. The activities of the day will include everything from relay races (with and without wheelchairs) to ring tosses and also basketball competitions. For many NAC children, this will be a chance to participate in physical activities which generally are not part of their daily lives. Many of the children competing in the Olympic games have multiple disabilities and/or developmental delays; others use wheelchairs or have limited mobility. What will be most inspiring about this event is that NAC's children will be out on the field giving their all to win an Olympic Medal. Most of our children are living in poverty; many have had more surgeries than birthdays; and too many have lived the first years of their life in sterile hospital wards, not out of medical necessity but because their families could not care for them at home. Regardless if they come in first place or not, June 21st will be a day when all NAC children are champions!
We are expecting over 200 volunteers from the community as well as prominent friends and politicians to participate in the day's activities.
Sponsors for the event are: News Corporation, Societe Generale Group, Pepsico, Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream, and Gatorade.
Annually, NAC serves 800 low-income, medically fragile children and
their families throughout the metropolitan area. We help children with
severe disabilities and/or chronic illnesses achieve permanent and stable
lives by enabling them to stay with their birth families through intensive
family support services or help them to be adopted by loving and nurturing
foster families. Previous to coming to NAC, many of these children resided
in hospitals, not because of medical need, but because their parents simply
could not care for them at home. More than 50% of our children have
multiple diagnoses, and approximately 40% use wheelchairs. Diagnoses
include spina bifida, cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, sickle cell
disease, cancer, HIV/AIDS, traumatic brain injury, brittle bone disease,
autism or other chronic illnesses or disabilities. Through intensive family
support, medical, mental health, educational, and recreational services,
NAC helps our city's most vulnerable children reach for and realize their
dreams. Today, NAC children are not only living with nurturing families but
they are attending college, working in the community, and succeeding in
areas never thought possible.
2008 NAC Olympics Schedule
12:15 pm Opening Ceremonies
12:45 pm NAC Olympian Parade
1:00-3:00 pm Olympic Competitions
3:00-3:30 pm Medals & Closing Ceremonies
Event Date: Saturday, June 21, 2008
Event Time: 12:00 noon - 3:30 pm
Event Place: Riverbank State Park, (679 Riverside Drive @ 145th Street,
NY, NY 10032)
Contact Person: Jenny Traslavina
New Alternatives for Children, Inc.
212-696-1550, ext 251 (office)
The Abernathy MacGregor Group
|SOURCE New Alternatives for Children|
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