By Ryan Yousefi
A group of Coral Springs High School students and staff are set to host an event to benefit classmates with disabilities.
On January 7, from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., Coral Springs Charter School Student Government Association will host its first annual Panther Pawlympics — a community event organized to ensure kids of all abilities have an equal opportunity to have fun at field day games.
“CSCS SGA is always trying to better the community and the school’s reputation,” Student Government Advisor Kelly O’Neill told Coral Springs Talk.
“Pawlympics will be a great way for us at CSC to interact with those with special needs and to have a fun interactive day to get out play games and have fun all while bettering the community.”
As part of the fun, Pawlympics will feature activities such as; relay races, bowling, giant ring toss, hula hoop contests, obstacle courses, arts and crafts, and face painting.
Refreshments will also be available during the event, including offerings by the popular KONA ice truck and concession stands featuring food and refreshments courtesy of CSCS students.
Event organizers tell Coral Springs Talk the Pawlympics came to fruition after students went down the list of possible event ideas. Eventually, the group agreed that something that benefited the group’s fellow special needs students would be best.
CSCS Aiden Tarshis led the charge, saying his family’s history of helping people with disabilities makes him proud to be a part of the event.
“Ever since I was a little kid, I was always exposed to other children that didn’t have the same abilities as me,” Tarshis said.
“My mom is a Speech Pathologist with children who have special needs. For me, putting this event on it really makes me feel that I will make her proud.”
O’Neil says a portion of the monetary donations will be donated to the charities supporting the event and covering the costs of the event itself.
Those who can’t attend the event can also make monetary donations by mailing checks or money orders to Coral Springs Charter School at 3205 North University Drive, Coral Springs, FL, 33065, with the inscription on the envelope reading Attention: Kelly O’Neil.
- Ryan Yousefi has lived in Coral Springs for over 30 years. He has worked as a writer for multiple outlets over the years, including the Miami New Times where he has covered sports and culture since 2013. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree and a Master’s Degree in Business Healthcare Management from Western Governors University.
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