What better way to kick off the celebration than reminiscing about our FIRST EVER EVENT with Ashley Thomas, Founder & CEO of Bridge II Sports:
“Looking back over the last 13 years, I am amazed at where our members have grown, strengthened their wings and are now flying. So many stories to share.
The pictures I am sharing are from the very first event we did, collaborating with the Durham YMCA, Riverside High School Wrestlers (winning a three-peat), original Board members, a family affair, as all three of my children were there, Coach Matthews, from James Madison University, spoke of his journey with being hit by a drunk driver, and now coaches football at JMU from a chair; Durham Coca-Cola donate funds to purchase our first swag-bags, Triangle Thunder supported our wheelchair basketball part of the 4 program event; Elisabeth taught the wheelchair tennis part, WakeMed Health & Hospitals Physical Therapists helped with the cycling event, guided by a Paralympian cyclist. Lessons were learned from this first event that began the foundation of all the Bridge II Sports events since.
I am grateful for the many people who believed in something that was not yet seen. I am proud of the youth who dared to try, overcoming fear, acceptance of self, finding life.
We continue to need friends to support the work that has four major impacts: Year-round programs, Events, EveryBODYPlaysNC & Advocacy. We need you.”
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