On April 23rd & 24th, AdaptAbilities participated in the widely successful Summit Collectibles Sports Show, held at Millennium Place in Sherwood Park, Alberta. AdaptAbilities was named the Show’s 2016 Charity of Choice and we collected over $450 in donations during the course of the two days. Most importantly, our six AdaptAbilities All-Stars had the opportunity to come out of their comfort zones and truly shine.
So often, those who hire us shy away from the general public or conversely the public from them. The interactions between event goers and the AdaptAbilities All-Stars were incredible. The acceptance and support from the sports community created an unforgettable experience and an environment for our participants to grow, succeed and belong.
Andrew, Jenna, Brandon, Austin, Ryley and Ana Rose - six of our sport-loving participants - were featured on their very own sports trading cards. This was all thanks to Summit Show organizer Marcel Eden, and the brilliant folks at Hotspot Creative Solutions. Our All-Stars were at the show all weekend, meeting fans, signing autographs and sharing their passion for the sports they play.
Here is a little bit about each of our All-Stars if you didn’t get a chance to meet them during the show:
Andrew is 13 and has been doing Tae Kwon Do for 4 years. He recently tested for his solid green belt earlier this May. To earn his green belt, Andrew learned some self-defense patterns and broke several boards with a variety of kicks. Andrew's goal is to earn his black belt. Awesome! [picture of sports card]
Ryley - or Ry, as her teammates call her - is 9 years old and plays baseball for the Edmonton Amateur Baseball Association. She enjoys infield and last year made a double play while playing second base! Way to go, Ryley! [picture of sports card]
Brandon is AdaptAbilities’ All-Star bowler! Brandon has enjoyed 10 pin Youth Bowling Canada (YBC) every Saturday morning at Gateway Lanes for the past 10 years. He has won many trophies during this time, as well as a YBC watch for bowling a game 105 pins over his average - wow! Brandon takes pride in being a great teammate and role model to the younger generation of bowlers. [picture of sports card]
Ana Rose, one of our newest participants, is our All-Star dancer! Ana is 6 years old and has been dancing with Amanda's Academy of Dance for the past two years - you may have seen Ana’s moves in her video that went viral earlier this year. Ana will also be attending our Summer Camp this year for the first time, and is very excited to meet new friends and enjoy all of the activities. [picture of sports card]
Last, but not least, meet our AdaptAbilities Hockey All-Stars, Jenna and Austin. Jenna is an active teenager and has played hockey, her favourite sport, for 10 years. Jenna also enjoys playing floor hockey, basketball, football, golf and more! Ten-year-old Austin eats, sleeps, dreams and plays hockey to the full potential. Austin's goal is to one day make it into the NHL and be the best he can be! Both Jenna and Austin received shout outs from Oilers Nation in their blog post on the event.
Those who donated to collect all six of these limited edition All-Star cards were entered into a draw for a Connor McDavid rookie card - congratulations to our winner, Richard Heydlauft!
Thanks again to everyone who stopped by to meet our fantastic group of AdaptAbilities All-Stars. Also a shout out to our neighbouring vendors - Anthony Strong Man & Oilers Nation - for making us feel so welcome in the sports community, and to the folks at The Summit Show for having us. This was an experience that we will not soon forget!