On Saturday, Oct. 1, from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., the City of Grandview Parks and Recreation Department is hosting the Fifth Annual Kansas City Ability Day/Recreation and Education Fair at ‘The View’ community center, 13500 Byars Rd., in Grandview, MO. This year, The View is partnering with The Rehabilitation Institute of Kansas City for their Ability Quest annual run/walk.
Individuals with disabilities and their families are welcome to attend the event free of charge to learn what Kansas City and Midwest agencies, organizations, and providers can do for them and their loved ones living with disabilities.
Here is the schedule:
8:00 AM Ability Quest Run Begins
9:00 AM Ability Quest Walk Begins
10 AM 1 PM Ability Day Events – Softball, Zumba, Golf, Soccer, Adapted Bikes, Archery, Swimming, Baseball, Track & Field, Rock Climbing, Youth Wheel Chair Basketball and Ballroom Dancing.
Sluggerrr, the mascot of the Kansas City Royals, will also be on hand to share in the festivities. Individuals and families of all ages are welcome to participate in various adapted programs and sports during the event. The sporting events will be hosted by organizations that offer camps, clinics and/or sessions in a particular sport.
Chris Cakes, the famous pancake flippers, ice cream vendors and other refreshments will be available. To sign up, individuals and families can contact Lynn Howard, event organizer and Aquatics Coordinator at The View by calling 816-316-4888.
Roselyn Turner and her son Austin, who has autism, participated the last couple of years and are joining the event again this year. “We loved it,” said Roselyn. “We had a wonderful time. It was very organized and a great opportunity for my son to be involved with activities that help him grow and build his self-esteem. It was fun and interesting for all of the kids.”
The organizing committee and sponsors are:
– The Rehabilitation Institute of Kansas City
– City of Grandview Parks & Recreation
– Kansas City Parks and Recreation
– YMCA of Greater Kansas City
– The Kansas City Royals
– Jackson County Parks and Recreation Special Populations
– Variety – The Children’s Charity
– Special Olympics Kansas City Metro