Westland Mayor Wild Provides Warm Welcome to Special Needs Group at Annual Hockey Game

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On Friday, March 20, more than thirty-five members of the newly formed non-profit, Wayne-Westland Do Unto Others (DUO), gathered together at the Mike Modano Ice Arena to watch the Westland Wild Wings take on the Detroit Red Wings Alumni in their annual rivalry game. About half of the DUO members in attendance at the game have intellectual disabilities and many of them are sports stars themselves on the local Wayne-Westland Special Olympics athletics teams.

As the players took the ice, DUO members cheered and waived their festive red, blue, and white pom poms - excited to be a part of the night’s action.

“We are very grateful to Mayor Wild for the wonderful welcome we received and the opportunity to bring many of our members to such a fun and exciting local event,” says Stacy Kessel, Wayne-Westland DUO President and Co-Founder. “When the game announcer mentioned our group in his welcoming speech, it was hard to hear anything but the ecstatic cheers coming from our members.”

This outing is one of many that the new non-profit plans to take its members on throughout the rest of the year. Enjoying generous opportunities like those provided by the Mayors office, DUO can provide great experiences for its members and the community at large.

“We started DUO to not only support our special needs community, but to also spread the excitement and joy that the group provides to the rest of the Wayne-Westland community. If you spend time with our members, even if only for a minute or two, I guarantee you’ll walk away with a smile on your face, and your heart warmed,” says Stacy.

The non-profit is currently working on several initiatives for the spring and summer, including an informational session for friends and family members of those with intellectual disabilities, a group volunteer outing to Gleaners Community Food Bank, and several outdoor activities including the DUO 5K & Family Field Day that will take place in July at the Lower Huron Metro Park in Belleville, MI.

To learn more about Wayne-Westland DUO, or to find out how you can get involved with the new non-profit, visit their website at http://www.WWDUO.org.

Wayne-Westland DUO strives to encourage hope, spread joy, and foster companionship throughout the Wayne, Westland, and surrounding special needs communities. DUO aims to be the core support system for those who have intellectual disabilities or are affected by them in some way and will maintain this role by providing meaningful and fun social and athletic activities, providing educational classes that teach cognitive and life skills, and raising funds to help support the local Wayne-Westland Special Olympics athletic teams. DUO programs are geared to build friendships, strengthen social skills, eliminate discrimination, encourage independence and self reliance, and  provide support for family members and friends who are affected by intellectual disabilities.

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