The Children’s Treatment Centre and Foundation are excited to announce J.P. Bickell’s recent $10,000 donation in support of the Centre’s Adapted Recreation program.
The Children’s Treatment Centre’s Adapted Recreation program provides over 200 children and youth, age 3-21, who have special needs access to quality physical activity programming, while building necessary physical, social, communication and life skills needed for lifelong, sustainable physical activity.
“The Centre understands that children with special needs deserve and require the benefits of regular physical activity, but have great difficulty participating in community recreation programs, that are not adapted for children with physical, communication or developmental needs” States Donna Litwin-Makey, Executive Director of the Children’s Treatment Centre. Litwin-Makey Continued, “In addition to being fun, sports programming plays a significant role in a child’s therapy regimen, physical, developmental, and life skills”.
Current Adapted Recreation programs offered through the Centre include Adapted Sailing, Sledge Hockey, Challenger Baseball, Adapted Swim, Sensory Swim, Dance, Tennis, Skating, Gymnastics and Soccer.
“This is a first-time donation from the J.P. Bickell Foundation” stated Mike Genge, Executive Director of the Children’s Treatment Centre Foundation. Genge continued, “The Foundation is always excited when it comes to forming new partners interested in supporting the incredible work the Children’s Treatment Centre does for the children and families in our community”.
Enhanced programs offered at the Centre, like Adapted Recreation, are not covered by core government funding, and reply entirely on support from the Foundation and third-party donations, such as the J.P. Bickell Foundation. The Children’s Treatment Centre and Foundation are thrilled to have such strong support from the community and Foundations throughout Ontario, to help ensure that the children in Chatham-Kent, of all abilities, have access to quality recreation opportunities, and reach their full potential.