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Last week I had the pleasure of stopping in the Washingtonville Soccer Shop to take pictures for a new fundraiser to benefit both Beautiful People and the Country Kids Food Pantry. My daughter Sara, 25, has been participating in the recreation program for Beautiful People since 2012. It is a great fun filled group dedicated to expanding recreation for young people with disabilities. When Sara was younger she contracted encephalitis, a rare complication, resulting in multiple health issues and delays. That never stopped her from LOVING soccer. She plays other sports but for some reason soccer is her number one favorite. Many youth programs are designed for children with special needs, unfortunately most of them stop providing programming once the athlete turns 21. In my research to help Sara reach her ideal health I attend many conferences at NYU Comprehensive Epilepsy Center. Their Director, Dr. Orrin Devinsky, says the number one thing you can do to improve the life of someone with epilepsy is have them exercise. By aging out of a recreation program at 21, getting in enough exercise can be tough. We are lucky there are groups like Beautiful People with the desire to work with all people and are willing to include some older players. When Jan Brunkhorst, the Director of Beautiful People called Sara to see if she would like to play soccer our instant response was, “YES!!!!”

Jan had stopped in at the Soccer shop to buy some new soccer balls for the program. In no time she made a new friend in Tony Martinelli, owner of Washingtonville Soccer Shop, a must go-to store for anyone who loves soccer. He is using his oversized World Cup Soccer ball to draw attention to his raffle. It’s up for grabs, buy some tickets and you could be the winner of the jumbo world cup ball. All proceeds of the raffle tickets sales are going to help the local Country Kids Food Pantry, and our recreation program for people with disabilities, Beautiful People. Stop in the Washingtonville Soccer Shop to support local charities. While you are there check out the World Cup Soccer ball, soccer equipment, or the summer soccer camps they run. Thanks for your help, Tony! It was nice to meet you!!

Need some raffle tickets? Need more information about these great organizations? Try the web at http://www.beautiful-people.us/  and Facebook for the soccer shop and Country Kids Food Pantry




Lisa Bock

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