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AccesSport America!

July 1, 2010

Thanks for all of your help with the dress choices!  I’m surprised that many people (my mom included) liked the blue one with the bow.  It was also interesting that the pink color didn’t work.  Usually that’s my go to color.   I’ve ordered the bow dress in a larger size and have them on the lookout for the other blue dress in a larger size (since it’s sold out).  We have another month (actually like 4 weeks) until the pictures, so you’ll see what I choose then!

Busy day today at work.  Luckily (despite the absolute gorgeous weather), our volleyball game was canceled.  So I came home at 5:30 and went on a great 3.5 mile walk/run with Matt and April.  Then we cleaned up the apartment and did laundry, because WE’RE GOING TO TENNESSEE TOMORROW!  I haven’t seen Matt’s family since Christmas, so I’m psyched.  Our wonderful friend Kristina will be dog-sitting at our house all weekend, so April will not be lonely.

That’s my big day.  Yawn, I know.  So I have a favor to ask ya!  I know that I really shouldn’t keep hounding y’all for money, but this one’s for my friend, Mell.  If I help her raise $5 from my blog, then it’s worth it, right?

All About AccesSport

AccesSportAmerica, a national, non-profit founded in 1995, inspires higher function and fitness for children and adults of all disabilities through high-challenge sports.

In support of this mission, AccesSportAmerica:

  • Engages over 1,500 athletes through High-Challenge Sports programs – adaptive windsurfing, Hawaiian outrigger canoeing, kayaking, rowing, cycling, soccer, tennis, climbing and Function+Fitness programs – personal training and conditioning with sports – in partnership with our Program and Funding Partners.
  • Builds skills and commitment through Sports Camps – intensive, overnight, one week training program in targeted locations nationwide.
  • Provides $250,000 in a free, year round program – City Street – for underserved, economically challenged urban youth in partnership with the City of Boston, Boston Public Schools, Camp Harbor View and Boys and Girls Clubs.
  • Offers high-challenge sports program for Veterans.
  • Accommodates all disabilities; creates/develops nationally recognized Adaptive Equipment, the first to adapt for windsurfing.
  • Collaborates with professional experts to document physical, educational and social changes and to promote health, educational and recreational benefits.
  • Depends on the generosity and support of individuals, corporations and foundations to raise $850,000 annually as well as significant gifts in-kind.

My Company’s Team

Mell and other coworkers will be representing our company in the Access Sport America Mayors Cup Regatta on July 18th on the Charles River in a Hawaiian Outrigger Canoe.

As I said, they are doing this to support AccesSport America which provides people with disabilities the tools and training to pursue high-challenge sports (see above for more info).  Hilary (Mell’s sister who suffers from cerebral palsey) will be the representative from AccesSport paddling with the team, she has been involved with AccesSport as a participant for about 3 years. 

In order to have this day of fun, revelry, and potential soaking in The Charles they need to raise a total of $5,000.  Our company is donating the first $500 so we need your help to pull in the rest.  If you can contribute, please go to this link and make a donation in any denomination you wish.  (Choose Mary-Ellen H. as your paddler)

Here’s the team from last year:

AccesSport America sounds like group right up my alley!  We’re going to go down there and support the team on July (bringing April of course!)

Speaking of April, here’s a cute picture of her from yesterday (Matt got tired of taking pictures of me in dresses)

Thanks for your time!

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