Thursday March 19, 2015
Another successful season of Special Talents Adaptive Recreation (S.T.A.R.) Basketball wrapped up recently with a gathering at The EDGE. The S.T.A.R. program creates recreation and sports opportunities for athletes who have a variety of special needs. Each S.T.A.R. athlete is paired with a mentor buddy who donates their time to work together with the athletes developing different skills. Then they put those skills to use in fun, non-competitive games. This year, nearly 30 athletes, ages 4-21, participated in the program where the majority of the mentor buddies were South Burlington High School basketball players. The S.T.A.R. season wrap-up pizza party featured games, a photo booth and special guests from the University of Vermont.
The S.T.A.R. program began three years ago as the brainchild of Leslie and Chris Capano to create an opportunity for their son, who loves all things sports, to participate in sporting activities. Along with fellow South Burlington resident, Mike Feitelberg, president at The EDGE, they brought S.T.A.R. to life. According to Leslie Capano, “The program has been great for everyone involved. It gives the kids who could not otherwise play basketball the chance to play and it is very rewarding to the teenage buddies to see another side of being involved in a sport.”
For more information about S.T.A.R., contact Leslie at firstname.lastname@example.org.