Monday, May 9, 2011

Gold Award Project Promotes Fun and Athletics to Children With Autism

The Basking Ridge Patch's Terry Boudreau reports that Girl Scout Allison Pine recently initiated a program that brought children together with soccer instructors, assisted by student aides to play soccer. Pine's love of soccer and genuine concern for children with special needs informed her decision to make the program promote fun and athletics to children with autism.

Pine reached out to Somerset County Park Commission program coordinator Gwen Luvener, who works in therapeutic recreation and worked with the soccer instructors with developing the activities and giving them insight into working with special needs children. The result was an eight-week program that included 12 children from the ages of 4-10.

Do you have any examples of Girl Scouts contributing to the community through athletics?