Overcast skies, with the threat of rain, and colder temperatures did not keep Team NBA from their 8th annual participation in the CAN DO Walk/Run in Bothell. At 8am on April 29th, the team gathered for a quick photo, and then broke off into groups; some walked the 5k course, some ran it, and some ran the 10k, while others stayed behind to man our booth. New swag was also revealed, including a new pop-up two-sided banner, and new tablecloth with table-runner with our revised logo.
Participants in the CAN DO Run/Walk can opt to walk or run a 1 mile, 5k or 10k course; wheelchairs, walkers and strollers are permitted. In this way, it is truly an event for people of all abilities. Formerly put on by Northwest Special Families, the race is now put on by the same group under the revised name of ‘My Village Northwest’. This is the organization we have to thank for annually organizing this fantastic event. “My Village Northwest is dedicated to creating and cultivating relationships between the community and individuals with special needs and their families.” (CAN DO website 5.9.2017). They also organize a variety of events and activities for families, such as Special Santa, Can Do 5K, Lego Club, Teen Events, Parent Ed Classes, Mom Spa Nights, SibShops, Swimming, Gymnastics, Sledding, just to name a few! To learn more about My Village Northwest, please go to: http://www.myvillagenw.org/
The CAN DO is always a well-organized and fun event! From good quality t-shirts, a well-marked course, free snacks at sponsor booths, professional chip timing, awards, and lots of enthusiastic volunteers, they had it all covered. It was energizing to see over 1500 people come together, in the spirit of awareness and advocacy, for such a strong event and cause, no matter what the weather was like! We are dedicated individuals come rain, clouds or shine!
Special thanks to an NBA mother, and Billing Manager, Natalia Bynum, who is on the Board of My Village Northwest, and continues to plan this event, and others! THANK YOU! Thanks as well to Team NBA for participating!
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