As we end 2015 I am so in awe of what we have accomplished. Just a small idea to make sure Sully and kids like him were included, has turned into a BEAUTIFUL living organization. My team has been a true gift from God as they help me navigate the curves and steep hills on this path. I like things to just click and start working right away, but in growing Pride Sports, I am happy to report that I am learning to love working through the challenges. The process is worth the joy you feel after you have made it through (hopefully my mind will also make that distinction with running).
Looking forward into 2016, we will be providing baseball, swimming, karate, neuro-movement for ages 0-3 and possibly a special needs cheer squad! We could not be more excited about Pride Baseball beginning in February. The closest challenger/miracle league is more than an hour drive from West Austin, we are very proud to bring this program so close to home. Our indoor swim facility will open back up in January and we will provide swim classes there until our outdoor location opens for the summer. We plan on swim being a year round program for Pride Sports. Karate has been so successful, and we cannot wait to get back in the dojo in 2016. We are in the process of developing a neuro-movement class for 0-3 year olds during the school day. This class will focus on healthy developmental movement, moving safely and efficiently for your body, and activities that develop healthy brain function. We are in communication with CheerAthletics about beginning a special needs competitive cheer squad in Austin; they have a fantastic one in Dallas we will model ours after. And so much more to look forward to; fundraising for our building, more programs and our amazing nomination for the Ethics in Business Award in Austin!!
Day in and day out I am focused on what programs we can provide to include and develop our kids. I always love meeting and talking with parents and caregivers, I am that creepy lady that introduces myself to you at the grocery store. I now drive an old beat up minivan, and I will continue to drive my old minivan as long as Pride Sports is growing. I am doing so many things I have never done, I invite myself into conversations, I ask people for help and then I actually allow them to help me! Pride Sports is different than anything I have ever done. In any other venture of mine, I would have walked away by now, but Pride Inclusive Sports is the result of GRIT. I think we are either born with GRIT or we have to go find it. And when I say find it, I mean have a child with special needs and fight for his life. Then after you manage to keep him alive, keep fighting for his education, his independence, his voice, his future and his safety. What I am really saying is, there is no formula to finding GRIT. I will never be able to repay my kids for what they have already taught me in their little lives, they are my greatest accomplishments. As proud as I am already am, I hope I can add Pride Inclusive Sports to that list in a few years.
Happy New Year and Cheers to 2016!!