Caring Cubs is ending the year with a fun event that combines a hands-on service project with an athletic activity! We are excited to be partnering with both Young Athletes Cleveland and Providence House for this unique event!
Our “cubs” will decorate and sign friendship cards for children at Providence House and also make ornaments for their Christmas tree.
The athletic active portion of the event will integrate the children from Young Athletes with our Caring Cubs to encourage education, acceptance and support for young children with disabilities. The activity will include Young Athletes basics (skipping, crab walk, bear crawls, etc) and a certified adaptive “jazzercise” instructor will lead an age and ability appropriate instructional class. Students from the BW Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) will be on site to lend a hand to all of our Cubs and Young Athletes!
Young Athletes Cleveland is a developmentally appropriate play program targeted towards children with intellectual disabilities ages 2-7 years old. Through Young Athletes, volunteers introduce young children to the world of sport, with the goal of preparing them for Special Olympics sports training and competition when they get older. The program focuses on the basics that are crucial to cognitive development: physical activities that develop motor skills and hand-eye coordination, and the application of these physical skills through sports skills programs. Youth Athletes currently holds events on the west side of Cleveland and athletes have come from over 26 different cities across the state.
Providence House is one of the nation’s oldest operating crisis nurseries among the 70+ in operation in the US and Canada, offering emergency shelter and care to children who are actively at risk for abuse and neglect due to family crisis. More than a shelter for at-risk children, the agency offers holistic services for children and their families including education, mentoring, case management and aftercare focused on family preservation. The primary goals of Providence House are:
1. Protect At-Risk Children - by providing for their physical, emotional, developmental, and educational needs
2. Empower Families in Crisis- by offering respect, delivering education, connecting resources, and encouraging responsibility
3. Build Safer Communities - by preventing tragedy, promoting prevention to end the cycle of abuse, and strengthening neighborhoods with healthy families
2015 has been a fantastic year for Caring Cubs and we look forward to ending the year with this fun and meaningful event!