On behalf of the Board of Directors of Sugar Land Legacy Foundation, I want to thank the Fort Bend Junior Service League and presenting sponsor, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, for the opportunity to partner with them as the beneficiary of the 2013 Charity Ball to raise funds for the "universally accessible" playground for children of all ability levels at the First Colony Athletic Park.
Across America, the idea of accessible and barrier-free playgrounds is catching on as the need to provide recreational opportunity for disabled children to interact with siblings and peers has become more apparent.
First Colony Athletic Park is home to the area’s baseball complex and an aging playground. The Park also serves as "home field" for the Sugar Land Little League's "Dream League" program. This unique sports program matches able-bodied "Angels" with "Dream League" athletes of various levels of physical and mental abilities in the joy of competition and sport. Members of the “Dream League” would love to be able to play with their friends and siblings; however, the existing equipment is not accessible by many of these children.
The funds from the Charity Ball will go toward replacing the existing playground equipment with new, inclusive equipment that will provide a place where children of all ages and abilities can play together and foster friendships in a welcoming and safe environment where every child’s unique qualities and abilities are recognized and appreciated.
I hope you will give careful consideration to supporting the Charity Ball and the efforts of the Fort Bend Junior Service League as they work to make the "universally accessible" playground at the First Colony Athletic Park a reality.