Club fundraises to equip disabled people with adaptive equipment

By Francisco Portillo

The Kinesiology Club is raising money for AbilityFirst, a program that is dedicated to providing disabled persons with adaptive equipment that assists the activities of daily living.

AbilityFirst is a local program, with a building located on 154 N Gage Ave.

In order to fundraise, the Kinesiology Club is teaming up with other clubs such as the Adelante, Math Club and the Association of Future Fire Fighters (AFFF) to sell food and drinks at events that will be happening throughout the semester.

All of the proceeds from the fundraisers will go toward the goal set by Kinesiology Club President, Ryan Astengo, who is disabled himself.

“Our president knows the struggle so he’s trying to raise money for children with disabilities that need adaptive equipment,” club secretary Jesus Lopez said.

One of the major events that will be contributing to the cause, is a dodgeball tournament set up by the club. 

The Kinesiology Club hopes to make anywhere between $5,000-$15,000 for AbilityFirst.

“Our goal is to get the whole campus involved, not just the Kin Club, in fundraising for the community,” Lopez said.

The dodgeball tournament will take place tomorrow from 12-3 p.m. in C1-121.

Those who wish to participate, can register at the gym begining at 11 a.m.

The tournament will be team- oriented, and will be refereed by students who belong to the Kin Club.

When arriving at the tournament, individuals will be placed in a team. Four teams will be occupying the court at the same time and separated by the half-court line.

Anyone can attend the event, but participants must sign a fee waiver just in case there are any injuries.

This is the third annual tournament and the club hopes to draw a crowd for the fundraising cause.

After the dodgeball game, the club is hosting a Shakey’s fundraiser at the Atlantic location from 5-9 p.m.

If people mention that they are with the ELAC Kinesiology Club, 20 percent of the proceeds will be donated to AbilityFirst.

Other fundraising events include the annual Classic on Friday, which is Garfield High School’s football team playing its cross-city rivals at Roosevelt High School.

Fundraising will also occur at the football game on Saturday, when Pasadena City College plays against the Huskies.

On Nov. 26, the Kinesiology Club is hosting a Turkey Trot in the football stadium. At the Turkey Trot, guests can choose to participate in the run around the stadium.

The Kinesiology Club encourages people to bring nonperishable items for the food drive that will be taking place during the Trot.

To participate in the Trot, interested individuals can register in the stadium 30 minutes before the event starts. 

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