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Garnett's Story

This holiday season you can help make sports and recreation possible for children, youth and adults with physical disabilities with a gift to BORP.Your donation will be a "game changer" for BORP participants – providing opportunities for team sports, outdoor recreation, cycling and more, that many people with disabilities wouldn't otherwise get to experience.

Take Garnett's story, as just one example:

Garnett was born with arthrogryposis, a congenital disorder which leads to very stiff joints, making it difficult for him to walk and bend his arms at the elbow. But Garnett loved to skate. In fact, he often used his skateboard instead of a wheelchair to get around.

When he was just eight years old, Garnett came to the Oakland Ice Center on his skateboard and saw a BORP sled hockey practice underway for the first time. Intrigued, he wanted to give it a try so BORP's hockey coach found a sled for him to use.

Garnett was a natural on the ice—he was able to make quick turns and fly down the rink with the same movement he used to propel his skateboard – and he kept coming back to sled hockey practice week after week. Thanks to the support from donors like you, Garnett found a new sport he loves while having fun with other kids who have disabilities, making friends and gaining skills, confidence, and independence.

You can help more kids like Garnett discover a sport that they love. Your donation will fund sports and recreation programs that allow youth and adults with disabilities to discover a love for sports, hiking, cycling, and more!

Over the years, through sled hockey, Garnett learned the value of working hard. Today he is sixteen and is a leader on the ice and the captain of BORP's sled hockey team.

Recently Garnett's mom shared the impact BORP has had on her son's life: "I cannot begin to express the gratitude I have for BORP and what a massive blessing it has been in Garnett's life! The confidence, strength of body and mind, independence - the experience of traveling all over the country. He has gained a community and many friends who can relate to each other differently than the rest of us."

Kids like Garnett need your help to ensure that these opportunities for competition, growth, and FUN are available to them. Your generous gift will make these kinds of experiences possible for all kids with disabilities.

Garnett says, "I believe that first sled hockey practice was one of the most important days in my life. BORP set me on a path to achieve my dreams without me even knowing it." But for Garnett it's about more than sports and athletics. "BORP has enabled me to develop as a person and athlete far beyond what I could have ever imagined. Because of BORP I have witnessed my education, physical health and strength, mental health, happiness and general well- being all improve exponentially."

You can give more kids like Garnett the gift of sport this holiday season with a year-end gift to BORP. Please consider continuing your support, and if possible, make an increased gift this year. Whatever the amount, $75, $100, $200 or more – BORP will put your donation to good use with expanded programming and new adaptive recreation opportunities for individuals with physical disabilities.

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