The Cool C.A.T.S


 

 

The Cool C.A.T.S (Children of All Types Succeeding) is a community that encourages kids of all abilities to get involved and participate in events and activities. They are partners with The Arc Pikes Peak Region, one of the hundreds of chapters of The Arc, the nation’s largest volunteer organization that advocates for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The organization strives to be a resource for individuals and their families and provide them access to information, advocacy, and the necessary skills to support their full inclusion and participation in the community throughout their lives.

 

 

The Cool C.A.T.S is hosting a number of events every other Saturday throughout the Summer under its Chillin’ with the Cats Inclusive Summer Program (Chillin’ with the C.A.T.S). This summer, The Arc Pikes Peak Region has joined forces and partnered with the Special Olympics Cool C.A.T.S Adaptive Cycling Team to host Chillin’ with the C.A.T.S and its socially-distanced meetups. The Cool C.A.T.S invites you to ride bikes, enjoy fun summer activities, and picnic in the park. The next event will be held on Saturday, July 24, 11am-12:30pm in the Pikes Peak Region’s accessible parking lot at 12 N. Meade Avenue in Colorado Springs. The next two events on Saturday, August 14 and Saturday, August 28 will be at Field 2 at Memorial Park, which is located off the Farragut and Pikes Peak Avenue entry to the park on the west side. All Chillin’ with the C.A.T.S events are held 11am-12:30pm.

 

If you are interested in attending the last Chillin’ with the C.A.T.S event of July, registration is $15 per family. This registration fee includes a family pass for your entire household, one t-shirt for the primary registrant, the picnic lunch, and a complimentary, one-year family membership to the Arc Pikes Peak Region. If you would like additional shirts, each shirt is $10. It is important to note that if you are already a member of The Arc Pikes Peak Region, you will still need to purchase a family pass to attend the Chillin’ with the C.A.T.S events. Before attending the event, you must pre-register by purchasing a family pass and complete a COVID-19 Safety Acknowledgment. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, family registration is limited to members in your immediate household. Other households must purchase their own family registration. If you have any questions regarding the Chillin’ with the C.A.T.S events, contact coolcats@thearcppr.org, or if you have any concerns, contact Ashley Steinbach at ashley@thearcppr.org.

 

 

Adaptive bikes sometimes come with an expensive price tag. However, a variety of funding opportunities exist that can help offset the costs. The Cool C.A.T.S Funding Possibilities for Adaptive Bikes document provides a list of organizations that may be able to help you based on your needs. The Cool C.A.T.S also provides the option to loan an adaptive bike from the Cool C.A.T.S Special Olympics Biking Team. If you have any questions you can contact Ashley Steinbach at coolcats.specialolympics@gmail.com or (719) 447-7191. The Cool C.A.T.S hopes to see you at its next event!

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Segan Falconer earned a B.A. degree in English from Colorado State University-Pueblo. She is experienced in content writing, grant writing, and press release writing and currently works as the Human Resources Assistant at Voyager Home Health Care.

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