DD Awareness Month activities continue with track and field day

| March 15, 2016

COSHOCTON – Becky Richards was grinning from ear to ear after earning a third place ribbon in the hoop shoot at the 22nd annual Kiwanis Track & Field Day.

She and fellow residents at Echoing Hills along with clients from Gentlebrook, Hopewell Industries, RHDD and others with developmental or physical disabilities were happy to participate in the DD Awareness Month event on March 15 at Kids America.

“It’s so much fun,” said Troy Gibson, who came with the group from Hopewell Industries to compete in events. “I’ve been before and like the running. It’s exercise for basketball.”

Kyle Blackson, who also was representing Hopewell Industries agreed with him and LaTasha Fralin, was excited to be with the group at the event for the first time.

“It’s a great day for the first time doing something,” Fralin said. “I want to see how everything works.”

The participants rotate between the hoop shoot, football toss, cornhole and track events. Helping man those events were Kiwanis volunteers and youth volunteers from the Coshocton Christian School and Mrs. Hess’ class at the Coshocton County Career Center.

“I like helping,” said Isaac Gray, a seventh grader at the Christian School. “I hope they all feel happy and get a ribbon.”

His classmate Orion Samuell was glad he could be part of the event.

“I enjoy helping out in the community,” he said. “It’s nice.”

Samuell and Gray were at the cornhole station, which was the first stop for Curtis Wilkerson and his group of clients from Gentlebrook.

“We want them (our clients) to know they are special and that anything we can do they can do as well,” Wilkerson said. “Hopefully this encourages them and motivates them to do anything their heart desires.”

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I started my journalism career in 2002 with a daily newspaper chain. After various stops with them, I am happy to be back home! I graduated from Coshocton High School in 1998 and received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication in 2002 from Walsh University. I also earned several awards while working for daily papers, including being honored by Coshocton County’s veterans for the stories I wrote about them. I am honored and ready to once again shine a positive light on Coshocton County. I also am the proud mother of a little girl named Sophia!

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