More than 200 people gathered at Grace United Methodist Church’s Wesley Center on May 22 for The RECing Crew’s annual awards banquet.
The banquet honors and recognizes those who participated in the organization’s programs during the year, said Pam Stickler, executive director.
“It’s important to recognize their accomplishments and efforts,” she said. “Throughout the year, they cheer each other on, they give their best, and this is a time to reward them.”
The RECing Crew is a non-profit organization that provides leisure and recreational activities for those with disabilities. Its programs include T-RecS, which consists of adaptive basketball and baseball; Alley Cats, for bowling; Jazzercise; ART-ability Studio with art instruction and music therapy; Cruisers for social activities; and it has a team that participants in the Family Y’s Miracle League program, which offers competitive adaptive baseball.
The activities provide members with a chance to fellowship, compete, learn new skills, and build self-confidence and self-respect, said Stickler.
A highlight from the year was the addition of music therapy to the ART-ability Studio program, which uses singing and signing. As a result, The RECing Crew organized the Crew Chorus and performs at community events. Between the art activities and music therapy activities, the participants learn different ways of expressing themselves, she said.
This year was also a record year for participation.
“We had about 130 participate in one or more of our programs and activities this year,” said Stickler. “That was an increase from past years, and we hope to continue growing.”
The RECing Crew will celebrate the start of its 10th year in the fall and is exploring adding more programs and activities.
“It’s a big milestone for us and it’s exciting,” said Stickler.