The Health and Physical Education Department at Riverside Junior-Senior High School will host its second annual dodgeball tournament on Saturday, May 5. The tournament will include basket raffles and a concession stand. The tournament is open to students in grades seven to 12, faculty, staff and alumni. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Abilities 21, a nonprofit organization devoted to connecting and assisting the families of special-needs children throughout Northeast Pennsylvania. The group has grown to include more than 250 families. It’s open not just to families affected by Down syndrome, but also autism and any other type of special need.
In addition to providing support and resources via workshops and its consistently updated Facebook page, Abilities21 hosts weekly social events at which kids and parents alike can interact in a safe, nurturing, nonjudgmental environment. They include everything from swimming, karate and cheerleading lessons to story time and movie nights to field trips to Adventure Zone, the pumpkin patch and Steamtown National Historic Site.
From left, front row: Maddie Evans, Tina Smith, Natalie Sottile, London Lovallo, Hailey Tilberry and Taylor White. Back row: Brooke Mickavicz, Kelley Miller, Nick Palonis and Noah Zippitelli.