The Saddleback College Foundation and the Adapted Kinesiology Program hosted a walkathon fundraiser on Wednesday, December 14th where they raised $10,000 and welcomed about 100 walkers to the trak. Proceeds from the event will help fund the Adapted Kinesiology Program, which helps students with developmental and physical disabilities stay active. In addition to the walkathon, the event featured a BallPark Pizza buffet lunch, demonstrations from Adapted Cycles, a Wounded Warriors obstacle course, and a Tai Chi demonstration.
Dr. Tod A. Burnett, President of Saddleback College, stated, “It is truly inspiring to see the dedication of so many students, faculty, staff, management, and community members work to preserve the invaluable services like those found in our college’s Adapted Kinesiology programs. Events like the ‘Back on Track’ walkathon provide innovative solutions to raise additional funds so that we can continue offering vital programs that serve our students and community.”
Terence Nelson, Assistant Dean of Counseling Services and Special Programs, stated, “The Adapted Kinesiology Program is important for the entire community as it helps adults of all ages who suffer from disabilities. The funds raised will go to a program that supports students with various challenges such as autism, brain and spinal cord injuries, and other chronic pain problems. The program is highly regarded and effectively run, touching the lives of hundreds of our community members.”
“Over the last few years, the Adapted Kinesiology Program has grown remarkably while our operating budget has declined due to the state’s financial situation. This fundraiser will allow us to continue to provide vital exercise programs for 350 disabled adults each semester, programs that can help keep people physically and mentally healthy,” stated Mike Bennett, Adapted Kinesiology instructor.