During the past few years the local athletic clothing vendor of Tommie Copper has created a few seasonal events to benefit special needs kids. Some events are on snow, others on horseback, but the summer events are probably among the most popular! The Tommie Copper Foundation organizes these events with ample youth volunteers, including many local boy scouts, for each participant (at a 4:1 ratio) and with great preparation for the volunteers. Volunteers also earn a few hours of community service and get a free t-shirt as well. It is truly a FUN event for the volunteers AND the participating kids as these 2014 photos attest!
It is not every day that a child with disabilities gets to have a social outing at a local swimming pool. It is also not every day that a scout gets to “earn” community service hours for playing in a water park, but both are exactly what occurred in August 2013. Scouts from Troop 5 Bronxville and Troop 353 Eastchester participated in helping children with special needs enjoy a few hours of FUN at the local water park, Tibbetts Brook Park. The event was sponsored by the Tommie Cares Foundation (TCF), which focuses on selected sports (selected water & snow sports) for children with special needs. The TCF was started in 2013 by the founder of the Tommie Copper organization, a line of copper-infused compression sports clothing. The event was exceptionally well-organized and the pre-event training for volunteers on how to understand and play with children with special needs safely and comfortably was exceptionally practical and thorough. Even though passing thunderstorms delayed the start of the event for an hour, there was no shortage of FUN activities inside waiting for the rain to pass. After an hour or so in the pool, a special awards ceremony recognized every child! It was a particularly happy moment for many children and families. Not only did the scouts have a very gratifying time, but the special needs children had the memory of a lifetime! Here are some more great photos here!