New Energy P.O.W.E.R.
It all started with a dream. A dream that kids with special needs could run just like any other kids, in a group. Todd and Heather Humphrey along with many other amazing athletes, put it all into place for this little guy below and many more kids like him.
Fall of 2012 was officially our first season AND P.O.W.E.R. took off like a tidal wave…
Fast Forward to TODAY…
Season 2, Practice 1.
We had an insanely awesome turnout last night, even in the heat!
P.O.W.E.R. is split up into three groups so all needs are met:
Kellie Maier “played” with the kids in the “WIND” P.O.W.E.R. Energy
Todd Humphrey took the lead with our Intermediate group, “SOLAR” P.O.W.E.R. Energy
Dennis Welch and David Mick took the lead in our Advanced group, “HYDRO” P.O.W.E.R. Energy
My youngest “ran” with the “SOLAR” P.O.W.E.R. Energy group. He DID NOT want to run. But, that all turned around when his DAD let him know that he had better beat him at running or he won’t be playing with his electronics that night. Low and behold, Connor RAN 😉 Todd and I joked that we should make shirts with dangling iPads and iPods to entice the kids to run.
My oldest ran with “HYDRO” P.O.W.E.R. Energy. Even though he may do better in the SOLAR group, Coach Mick thinks that:
He will be fine if he wants to continue to run with us because we always make sure we have at least 3 adults because all the kids are of various speeds. We are pretty good about seeing how tired the kids are and will seperate as needed and we do a good job with making sure they dont think its because they are slower than the others.
So, whatever he wants to pursue, we are happy.
Here are some of my favorite photos from last night…
Coach Welch and Coach Mick…they are simply amazing.
Toni walking hand in hand with her grandson 😉
Colleen running with her son 😉
Todd, the creator of POWER, helping his son 😉
Kellie Maier, the owner of KelsKids, “playing” with the WIND group 😉
Coach Dennis Welch, taking a break after beating 5 World Records this week. Wicked COOL, Dennis. Wicked COOL.
***All the photos (plus a few more) from the video below for you to download and to use as you like – they are yours- to print, share, love, and frame***
Much love to everyone and let’s keep going!! (Oh, AND please subscribe to my YOUTUBE Channel so my kids stop thinking I am a loser…)
Photos from P.O.W.E.R….Season 2, Practice 1
Photos from P.O.W.E.R…. Season 2, Practice 3
*NEW* this season, the P.O.W.E.R. Wave, a grand prix event brought to us by the cool folks at J&A Racing! The P.O.W.E.R. Wave is a series of road races throughout Hampton Roads that are all about inclusion! In addition to their weekly practice sessions, they do hope you’ll join them in making waves in the community.
P.O.W.E.R. Kids, here is your 2013-2014 Grand Prix Schedule… YAY!!!!
2013-2014 “P.O.W.E.R. WAVE” grand prix events include:
10/06/13 – Kids Kilometer @ the Crawlin’ Crab
10/26/13 – Monster Mile @ the Wicked 10K
12/07/13 – Rudolph’s Kids Kilometer @ the Surf-n-Santa
02/15/14 – Cupid’s Kids Kilometer @ the Virginia is for Lovers
03/15/14 – Operation Smile Shamrock Final Mile @ the Shamrock Marathon