June 9, 2012 (San Diego) -- Sister and brother team, Danamarie, 17 and Collin McNicholl-Carter, 14 from La Mesa have been bringing awareness to the San Diego Adaptive Sports Foundation (SDASF) by recruiting their friends to walk in the 3rd annual “Stroll and Roll” events since 2010. Over 250 people attended this year’s event on May 20, 2012 to walk and/or roll in wheelchairs to raise money to send children to SDASF Jr. Wheelchair Sports Camp on Mission Bay.
On May 20, 2012, at 9:45 AM sharp the 2K stroll began; next was the Wheelchair sports demonstration, where athletes showcased their skills. To close the event was the raffle and silent auction. Over the course of the day $29,000 was raised. Lastly, the attendees got the opportunity to try out wheelchair sports themselves in a basketball challenge. The event will be held next year on May 19, 2013 and once again Danamarie and Collin plan to participate in promoting this event.
San Diego Adaptive Sports Foundation (SDASF) in partnership with HeadNorth held the third annual “Stroll & Roll” fundraising event at NTC Park in Liberty Station. Both Organizations shared equally in expenses and income. The San Diego Adaptive Sports Foundation mission is to improve the quality of life for children and adults with physical disabilities through sports and recreation. HeadNorth is a local nonprofit that provides help and hope for spinal cord injury survivors through programs, resources, peer support and financial assistance.
Recently Danamarie and Collin interviewed and created a video of the athletes playing sports and posted it on Facebook. Collin, who attends Saint Augustine High School says he got involved, “to encourage his peers as teenagers to become actively involved in their community and make a difference in this world.”
They have used traditional methods such as mailing and distributing flyers, as well as social media to create interest in how imperative sports are in the lives of the disabled. Together they organized a fundraiser at Rubio’s, and spent time as representatives soliciting funds for Jr. Wheelchair Sports Camp. Last summer they raised enough money to sponsor 15 children to camp, since that time the number has grown to 21 children and funds are still arriving weekly.
Collin plans to volunteer along with Danamarie as a camp counselor at the Jr. Wheelchair Sports Camp this summer. Danamarie has volunteered the last two summers and says it has changed her life. Danamarie assisted by transferring the younger athletes from their wheelchairs into sailboats, kayaks and different athletic chairs needed for participation in sports such as wheelchair basketball, rugby, tennis and soccer. “I absolutely loved getting to know the young athletes, and seeing them overcome obstacles while enjoying every minute of their amazing camp experience,” says Danamarie.
If you would like to donate to San Diego Adaptive Sports Foundation www.SDASF.org be sure and type your team name as “Kings and Queens” in the “Athlete or Team” field.