FVSRA Participant Overcomes Challenges and Wins Award

Immediately after coming home from his first day at Summer Day Camp, Ignacio could not wait to tell his grandmother Leticia, “I had the best day ever.”

When Ignacio began attending Fox Valley Special Recreation Association (FVSRA) programs, he participated in 4-5 each year, most of which were one-time meetings.

As the pandemic grew more serious, FVSRA's innovation brought recreation to participants, and Ignacio is now participating in 3-4 programs per day, most days of the week.

“My grandson is blind so he loves the interaction with his new friends,” said Leticia. “FVSRA’s staff does amazing with keeping him participating even though he cannot see.”

The challenges Ignacio has overcome inspired FVSRA and the Illinois Park and Recreation Association's therapeutic recreation section to present Ignacio with the Participant of the Year award.

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“The impact therapeutic recreation has on an individual can change their life,” said FVSRA’s Executive Director Alex Engelhardt. “Bringing recreation directly to participants—both in-person and virtually—enables us to empower more people with special needs than ever before in our 45-year history.”

The association is strategically planning how to reach underserved community members like Ignacio within its service area who could benefit from mobile therapeutic recreation experiences close to home.

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