WellesleyWeston Magazine

SUMMER 2013

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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volunteering community service helping out doing our part good works contributions neighbor to neighbor Reaching New Heights Nonprofit Makes Sports Accessible to All C H E R Y L B . S C A PA R R O T TA writer COURTESY OF ACCESSPORTAMERICA philanthropy windsurfing, outrigger canoeing, cycling, and tennis. If these sound like high-challenge sports, they are. And they're also the kind of sports that children and adults living with disabilities regularly participate in, thanks to AccesSportAmerica. AccesSport is a Boston-based nonprofit organization that's sustained by — and supports — many residents of Wellesley and Weston. "The first time my son windsurfed, he was 10, and he was initially terrified," says Amie Connelly of Wellesley, whose son Ryan, now 18, has been involved in AccesSport programs for We l l e s l e y We s t o n M a g a z i n e | s u m m e r 2 0 1 3 a decade. "He was able to sit down on a specially-adapted tandem sailboard, and help guide the sail. Once he realized the sense of freedom he attained, he loved it." "All of our sports are higher function, so individuals and their families can reassess who they are and what they're capable of doing," explains AccesSport founder and Executive Director Ross Lilley, whose adult son has cerebral palsy. "I know firsthand that as a parent of a child of disabilities, you want to find a comfortable place for them to function." 154

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