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Empower Me to hold Fall Sports Festival

Caitlin Rickard • Dec 15, 2015 at 11:37 AM

Empower Me Day Camp, a local nonprofit organization that works with children with disabilities, is set to hold its annual Fall Sports Festival on Saturday from 1-3 p.m. at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center.

The event is free for any special needs child ages five and up and their siblings, but registration is required for participation. Those looking to participate should register no later than Thursday.

To register, call 453-0005 or email EmpowerMeDayCamp@aol.com.

Activities will be created and organized by the Belmont Physical Therapy doctoral students.

In the event of sunny weather, the festival will be held at the Treehouse off the Peyton Road entrance. Rainy and cold weather would move the event to the “B” building of the Ag Center.

The festival Saturday will mark the official grand re-opening of the Treehouse, which was chosen as a Lowe’s Heroes Project and worked on by employees of the Hermitage, Mt. Juliet and Lebanon Lowe’s stores.

“Volunteers spent days off working on improvements to the Treehouse at the Ag Center and took a vision by camper Gabryelle Conklin to be able to go up in a treehouse to a new level,” Executive Director Michelle Hill said.

Hill said Will Crawley originally took the project on as part of his Eagle Scout project.

“We have thoroughly enjoyed it over the years and are so thankful for his service,” Hill said. “The Lowe’s Family reached out to us this past summer and wanted to help us in any way possible.”

Hill said Lowe’s then donated a storage building to Empower Me that they now have on-site at the fairgrounds in order to keep supplies safe and close to them.

“They have made much needed repairs, painted, power-washed, landscaped, and much, much more to the Treehouse,” Hill said. “We are so grateful to everyone who has donated their time and expertise to make this a fun, safe place for our children to enjoy.”

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