Last Friday, the Lady Chiefs of New Boston Huron went to work…off the court. The Girls Varsity Basketball team along with Head Coach, Brent Rodak, Assistant Coach, Mike Kudron and Oakwood Athletic Trainer, Stacy Gutierrez spent their evening learning and volunteering at Penrickton Center for Blind Children.
Penrickton Center was established in 1952 and is a private, non-profit five day residential and day care agency serving blind, multi-disabled children ages 1-12. Currently, Penrickton Center specializes in treating blind children with at least one additional handicap such as deafness, cerebral palsy, brain damage and/or developmental delay. Whether the children take part of the day care or the residential program, an intense program of training and care is provided to help each child reach their potential with acts of self-care and tasks of daily living promoted by the Concept of Active Learning by highly personalized involvement with the staff.
Penrickton does not accept any governmental financial support, nor do they obtain help from the United Way; and, because NO FEES are ever charged to families, all financial support is raised from individuals, service clubs, corporations, and foundations. Volunteers also play a huge role in the lives of these children. Penrickton Center teaches their volunteers how to promote independence with the children through play, as well as assisting with the therapy dog program, computer program and adaptive horseback riding.
The Lady Chiefs had a wonderful time learning many valuable lessons that Friday during their visit to Penrickton, but nothing was as priceless as the friendships they acquired with some of the children throughout their tour. Team Captains, Morgan Wright and Kayleigh Burden stated, “We had such a good time. All of us are inspired and can’t wait to go back at the end of the season!”
For further information about financial support or volunteer services at Penrickton Center for the Blind, please call (734)946-7500 or go to www.penrickton.com