First Community Credit Union to Partner with Innovative YMCA Adaptive Sports Program

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This fall, First Community Credit Union will partner with the Langham Creek Family YMCA along with its Adaptive Sports Complex where special needs kids can play without obstacles.

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First Community Credit Union (FCCU) will partner with the YMCA of Greater Houston and its one-of-a-kind Adaptive Sports Complex at the Langham Creek Family YMCA, 16725 Longenbaugh Dr., beginning this fall. Here, children with special needs can play, as any child would, all types of sports. The difference is that the field, made of rubber and synthetic turf, is free of obstacles so there are no barriers for wheelchairs and walkers. In other words, nothing to keep kids from playing.

“The idea of offering sports for individuals with diverse abilities came from three volunteers at the YMCA which shows that the Y is truly genuine about doing what is right for the community,” said Matt Thompson, district executive director for the YMCA. Thompson added, “These volunteers saw a need and took action. I’m so proud to serve our community and to be a part of the groundbreaking work we are doing in the adaptive sports area. The Langham Creek Family YMCA is being seen throughout the country as an innovator in program offerings for individuals with diverse abilities.”

“The partnership with the YMCA is a perfect match for us,” said Nancy Trennel, senior vice president of Marketing and Business Development of FCCU. “Our credit union is about community, and making a difference for children has been in our DNA since we were founded by the Spring Branch Independent School District more than 62 years ago.”

In addition to baseball – the primary sport played at the Langham Creek YMCA as part of The Miracle League – other sports including basketball, soccer, flag football and swimming are also offered to children with disabilities. On the field, each child has a “buddy” whose primary responsibility is to protect his or her player. This buddy may be an adult or teen, 12 or older. Volunteers are always needed, and it takes just a few minutes to get trained. Individuals interested in volunteering as a buddy should email Kendra.Williams(at)ymcahouston(dot)org.

Mack Hoehner, an adaptive sports Hall of Famer and founding father of the adaptive programs at the YMCA, stated, “Something special happens every day at our adaptive sports…you just have to keep your eyes open.”

On Sept. 10, opening day of The Miracle League season, FCCU will make a $2,500 donation to the adaptive sports program as well as provide volunteer buddies to continue to support the needs of this special program.

ABOUT FIRST COMMUNITY CREDIT UNION

First Community Credit Union is open to anyone living or working in Harris, Fort Bend or Montgomery counties. As a full service credit union, it offers all types of accounts and loans for consumers and businesses. For more information, please visit FCCU.org or call 281-856-5300.

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