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Kickball challenge will be geared toward special kids

MORRISONVILLE - The Town of Plattsburgh Recreation Department is getting ready to host a special event for some special kids.

The "Kickball Challenge for Special Kids" will be held next Saturday, Aug. 1, at the East Morrisonville Recreation Park on Bullis Road. The "fun, rule-modified game of kickball" will be geared toward children who face "mental, social or physical challenges in their lives," according to recreation department program coordinator Janet Sosnicki.

The event came about after a parent inquired last year if the town offered any activities specifically for children with disabilities.

"At the time we didn't," said Sosnicki.

Though the recreation department's programs were adaptable for those with disabilities, the question sparked the interest in the town doing more. With that, the kickball challenge was born.

"The difference between this program [and other town programs] is that we will make modifications to the activity while still making the child feel comfortable participating," explained Sosnicki. "Last year, we tried to hold this event, but I don't think we got the word out early enough about it."

That's changed this year, said Sosnicki, who has reached our to organizations like the Clinton County Advocacy and Resource Center and Sunmount Developmental Disabilities Services.

Sosnicki said she and rest of the recreation department staff are looking forward to the event.

"I have never done any programming like this and I am excited that I can now reach out to another subpopulation of the community," she said.

The Kickball Challenge for Special Kids will be held from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and will be open to any child who resides in the town of Plattsburgh, between 8-13 years old. Volunteers will be on-hand to assist the children.

Pre-registration is required and may be arranged by calling 562-6860 or visiting the recreation department at the Plattsburgh Town Office Building, 151 Banker Road, Monday through Friday, between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.

For more information about the Kickball Challenge for Special Kids and other town recreation department programs, visit www.townofplattsburgh.com.

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