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Part of what Chris' job entails is sending out press releases regarding Monmouth University athletic events (specifically, women's soccer, men's basketball, and baseball, plus a whole lot of other things). One of the guys that works for Chris came to the event and wrote the following that was sent out as a press release...thanks Eddy!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 10, 2010
PEER LEADERS AND FAMILY RESOURCE ASSOCIATES TEAM UP FOR ‘POSSABILITIES WALK’
Event, which featured a Play Day, was held on Kessler Field on Saturday
WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J. – The Monmouth University Department of Athletics Peer Leader Program and the Family Resource Associates (FRA) of Shrewsbury teamed up to help put on the ‘PossAbilities Walk’ and ‘Day of Sports Play with the Hawks’ at Kessler Field this past Saturday.
The event, which featured a mile walk with the student-athlete Peer Leaders and subsequent morning of different activities, such as soccer, kickball and an obstacle course, drew many local families and volunteers.
“We’re really excited because when we were approached by the Monmouth University student-athlete Peer Leaders we thought it was wonderful because we need ways to help bridge families together,” said Nancy Phalanukorn, Executive Director of the FRA. “When the children are young, they often only see each other in the home, and through events like this we want these families to come together and meet. All of the different Monmouth student-athletes came out and made this happen and it gives the kids a whole different feel.”
“Our goal through this event was to not only help the FRA raise money, but also to increase awareness both in the local community and on-campus,” said Associate Athletics Director for Sports Medicine and the Peer Leader advisor Doug Padron. “The student-athletes represented themselves and their teams very well at the event.”
The day began with a mile-long walk around the University’s E. Murray Todd Track at Kessler Field to help celebrate the abilities and accomplishments of children and adults with special needs in the community.
“It’s very rewarding to give back to the community and be able to put a smile on a kid’s face,” said Bryan Meredith, a junior on the men’s soccer team. “This event gives the kids a chance, at least for one day, to feel like a Division I athlete, and I am honored to be a part of it.”
After the walk, the student-athletes then broke into different stations, such as soccer, football, basketball, baseball, golf, tennis, kickball, on obstacle course and freeze dancing, and took turns playing with the kids.
“For me, I get to a play a sport and be a Division I athlete, but these kids don’t get to do that, to be a part of that is awesome,” said Olivia Salata, a sophomore on the lacrosse team. “We maybe take it for granted some days that we’re athletes, but I see these kids and I realize I have a great opportunity and I want them to have as much fun as I do every day.”
The FRA is a New Jersey non-profit agency located in Shrewsbury, helping children, adolescents and people of all ages with disAbilities to reach their fullest potential. FRA connects individuals to independence through modern therapies and advanced technology. Acknowledging the powerful influence of the family, we remain committed to them by offering both support and education.
FRA assists individuals of all ages who have developmental delays or disAbilities as well as acquired disAbilities. FRA provides home-based early intervention for infants, therapeutic recreation programs and assistive technology services, along with family and sibling support groups.
For more information about the FRA, visit their website at http://frainc.org/.