Variety the Children’s Charity of Illinois will join a nationwide effort of 14 Variety chapters, or “Tents,” to observe the International Day of Persons with Disabilities Dec. 3 by presenting two sports wheelchairs and an adapted recumbent bicycle to three Illinois children with disabilities.
The presentation will take place at the 23rd Annual Chicago Bulls Day for Kids event at 1770 Centennial Place in Addison, Ill. The ceremony will be held during halftime of the Wheelchair Bulls All-Star game. The three recipients include Joshua Silvern, 13, of Crystal Lake; Peyton Withrow, 13, of Roscoe; and Jose Gonzales, 17, of Chicago. All three kids have mobility disabilities, requiring them to use adapted equipment for sports and recreation.
The United Nations’ International Day of Persons with Disabilities is an annual occasion to reaffirm and draw attention to the rights of people who live with disabilities worldwide. Variety, through its “Kids on the Go!” initiative, regularly assists families who can’t otherwise afford to obtain adapted sports equipment such as sports wheelchairs, handcycles and adapted bikes, as well as services designed to increase children with disabilities’ access to the their community, building the child’s sense of independence and self-esteem.
From the Nov. 23-29, 2011, issue