Mikayla’s Voice Tri for Inclusion
WHAT: Inclusive triathlon for children of ALL abilities
WHEN: Saturday, June 23, 2018 at 9:00am
WHERE: Parkland High School
Next Saturday there will be no sidelines in South Whitehall Township. When the horn blows to start Mikayla’s Voice fifth annual Tri for Inclusion® children and young adults of ALL abilities from across the Lehigh Valley will enter the pool at Parkland High School. After swimming 3 laps (75 yards), triathletes will bike 2 miles, and run half a mile to the finish line. Competitive and recreational athletes, first time triathletes, and those challenged with physical, intellectual, and multiple disabilities race together side-by-side in a USA Triathlon sanctioned event proving that it’s always possible to include everyone. Kimberly Resh, Executive Director at Mikayla’s Voice, expresses her gratitude, “This amazing opportunity would not be possible without the support of the entire community.”
“Here at South Whitehall we’re committed to making this community a wonderful, safe, and enjoyable place to live…working to make sure that everybody is included and knows that they have a place,” explains Tori Morgan, President of the South Whitehall Township (SWT) Board of Commissioners. Greenawalds Fire/Police join SWT Public Works and SWT Police Department to detour all traffic while bikers are on the racecourse. Cetronia Ambulance provides emergency medical services and Northwest Swim Club staffs the pool with lifeguards to ensure swimmers’ safety.
Also returning year after year are Mikayla’s Voice volunteers and sponsors, including presenting sponsor IronPigs Charities (IPC). Kurt Landes, President and General Manager of the Lehigh Valley IronPigs says, “The Tri for Inclusion event for us is about giving kids a chance to be active, healthy…participate in recreation, and to challenge themselves to do something they thought before maybe was impossible and we’re proud to support that.”
Flyer is attached with all details, and volunteers and athletes can sign-up in advance on the event website: www.triforinclusion.org. No race day registrations are accepted.
ATTN. EDITORS: If you would like to interview an athlete or relay team, please contact Kim by email or phone (listed above).
About Mikayla’s Voice
Mikayla’s Voice (www.mikaylasvoice.org) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to:
Inspire children and young adults to embrace individuals of all abilities.
Empower them to create cultural change by teaching others to include everyone.
Educate our community about the meaning and importance of inclusion.
Through increased inclusive practices in our schools and communities, this generation of children has been blessed with greater appreciation for and friendships with children with disabilities. It is important to help them share the benefits of inclusion so this trend may continue to grow. Mikayla’s Voice develops and coordinates unique and innovative programs that allow children with and without disabilities to work and play together. These programs are designed to showcase children’s talent and creativity as they demonstrate successful inclusion in education, art, and sports and recreation. This builds their self-confidence, empowers them to stand up for what they believe and encourages their growth into adults who to continue to advocate for inclusion.