TAASC was formed in 1997 to enhance the quality of life for people with disabilities through sports and recreational activities. The $5,000 grant from The Dublin Foundation will be used to complete the final phase of the TAASC Adventure Center. The 100 percent volunteer-operated organization utilizes the Adventure Center to provide a place for all residents to enjoy the outdoors and sports activities, such as sailing, fishing and kayaking. By welcoming the greater community, TAASC is educating the general public about the organization’s mission and the ways that people with disabilities can enjoy adventure sports.
Children with special needs often are faced with roadblocks when it comes to community playgrounds. Mobility challenges and vision impairment can hinder them from taking advantage of neighborhood swing sets and slides. The City of Dublin, along with local businesses, teamed up to develop a Miracle Playground adjacent to the existing Miracle League Field.
Their vision was to build a playground equipped with wheelchair ramps and special swings, as well as traditional equipment to promote social interaction between those with disabilities and other children. To make their dream a reality, they needed monetary support close to $275,000 to cover the costs of playground equipment, construction and materials. With support from the community, local businesses, the City of Dublin, and the Dublin Foundation, this dream was recognized and accomplished for the benefit of our children.
Baseball has long been a national pastime embraced by many community members. However, children with unfortunate medical issues are often challenged to play the sport. The Miracle League of Central Ohio and the Dublin Foundation sought to change this scenario with a ballpark for children with special needs.
There are already several Miracle League Fields that have been built around the nation, and a field in Dublin is now a reality thanks to the Dublin Foundation. The playing field is approximately 15,200 square feet and includes a rubber surface that is flat all the way around to prevent any obstacles for children with disabilities. There are also bleachers for spectators and a scoreboard with a loudspeaker system to announce homeruns. All children should be able to experience the joy of sports, and what better one to start with than baseball.
Building self-esteem and improving health are just a few of the benefits associated with horseback riding, and Darby Creek Stables Horse Facility, also known as Willow Ridge, feels that youth should enjoy the experience as well. Owner Pam Bosch felt that, in particular, children with ADD, MRDD, and other behavioral disorders can grown and learn from therapeutic riding in a safe and fun environment.
For more than 20 years, Pam has been a mentor and leader to many of the city’s children who were victim to broken homes and low self-confidence. The praise and gratitude shown from those she has guided are astonishing. Pam has a passion for helping children, which she has exercised during her membership in the Big Brothers/Big Sisters organization for twenty-three years, and wanted to continue to give back to the community by sharing her knowledge of equine safety.
In order to accomplish her goal, she needed her entire property to be “youth friendly,” so the Dublin Foundation and community members stepped up to help support her growth and involvement. With the addition of training seminars, summer day camps and safe riding skills, the facility continues to grow and make a difference in the lives of families throughout Dublin.
Promoting sports among high school students has been a goal of all of the Dublin area high schools over the years. Extracurricular activities provide leadership skills and team building, and teach respect. The Dublin Fencing Club wanted to provide updated equipment necessary to introduce this sport to students, train them to compete and form a team that would represent Dublin in district competitions as well as the State High School Tournament. All of Dublin’s high schools are involved in and help support the growth of this program. The combined efforts of community volunteers and the Dublin Foundation helped this program take the next step for the students’ benefit.