DOBBS FERRY, N.Y. -- With only a few days left in the Rio Olympics, about 70 St. Christopher's residents in Dobbs Ferry came together on Aug. 18 to participate in a competition of their own.
St. Christopher's Inc. -- a local organization dedicated to helping children with special needs and their families by delivering a seamless continuum of care -- is using the Olympics as a learning opportunity to teach the importance of exercise, goal-setting, sportsmanship, and diversity and acceptance.
"This event was designed to help our children learn how to live a healthy, active lifestyle and to learn to rejoice in their successes as well as to deal with defeat in an uplifting and supportive environment," said Stanley Thompson, St. Christopher's recreational coordinator.
"I loved watching the students try their best regardless of the outcome."
Students were divided into teams to play a variety of sports, including kickball, volleyball, tug-of-war and relay races. At the end of the day, one team was awarded "gold," and a barbecue concluded the festivities.