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Team Hoyt Joins Steptember

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United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) is honored to announce that Team Hoyt, Rick Hoyt of Sturbridge, MA and Dick Hoyt of Holland, MA, will serve as the 2014 Steptember event Ambassadors.

Steptember is a four-week event to raise awareness and support for people with cerebral palsy and other disabilities. Beginning on September 3, teams from around the world will challenge themselves to take 10,000 steps a day and fundraise along the way— and nearly any activity, including biking, physical therapy and yoga, can be converted into steps. Find out more about the event and how you can participate on the Steptember website.

Team Hoyt will lend their “Yes You Can” attitude to rally teams participating in this year’s Steptember event. Last year, over 10,000 people worldwide participated in the challenge and raised nearly $1 million. Team Hoyt is committed to helping make this year’s event an even bigger success!

Rick Hoyt may use a wheelchair, but that has not stopped him from competing in over 1100 athletic events across the past 37 years. Together, Rick and his father Dick are known across the disability community and race circuit as Team Hoyt. They have run in 70 marathons – 32 of them being the Boston Marathon – and have competed in over 250 triathlons. After the pair’s first race in 1977, Rick said running felt like his disability disappeared. He felt free.

Rick was born in 1962 as a spastic quadriplegic with cerebral palsy– but despite these disabilities, Rick’s mind and spirit have always been strong. His family supported his quest for independence and inclusion in community, sports, education, and the workplace, culminating with his graduation from Boston University in 1993.

Dick travels the country doing corporate and community presentations, educating the public about disability awareness, and promoting the Team Hoyt motto: “Yes You Can.” Through his presentations, Dick shares his lifelong commitment to changing attitudes and educating others on the world of disabilities. We look forward to seeing this message empower Steptember affiliates, participants, and supporters to adopt the same mentality between now, the event’s conclusion on September 30th, and beyond!

“Our family is personally affected by disability and we know first-hand what perseverance can accomplish. Joining in the Steptember campaign, like a entering a marathon, is a way to show the world what you can do once you have committed to something,” said Dick Hoyt. “When asked to be a part of Stepember, Rick and I accepted right away, as this campaign aligns with the Team Hoyt mission of empowering people with disabilities”

“Dick and Rick Hoyt are the perfect ambassadors for Steptember. They truly embody their motto – “Yes You Can” – and show individuals with disabilities, their families, and the people who care about them how to ‘live a life without limits,’” said Stephen Bennett, President and CEO of UCP. “We are proud that they are on board to help inspire us all to take 10,000 steps a day toward an admirable goal.”


Source: www.ucp.org

WCF Educational Program Grant

WCF Educational Grant

The Watertown Community Foundation awarded United Cerebral Palsy of MetroBoston a 2014 Educational Program Grant to support UCP's Creative Arts Program last night.  We would like to thank the Watertown Community Foundation for their support, we are honored to receive this grant.

Through the Creative Arts Program, UCP provides opportunities for individuals with disabilities to participate in and explore a variety of classes and programs while providing an accessible space, assistive technology, and adapted equipment as needed. Some of the offerings over the past years have included adapted karate, photography, painting, watercolors, exploring art and food from other cultures, and healthy cooking classes.

Not only does the Creative Arts Program meet a need both socially and educationally for the individuals who participate in the classes, but an ongoing goal for UCP is to educate community members on the abilities of individuals with disabilities and how their often unrecognized skills can contribute to the community. UCP believes that it is important to focus on what the individuals supported can do, not what they can’t and to provide and support a Life without Limits for People with Disabilities. With that goal in mind, UCP has been able to hire Watertown High School students to serve as assistants within the classes. This opportunity has had a significant impact on the students who got to know and understand adults with disabilities despite their differences and going forward will impact how the students interact with people they may meet as they move on to college and their adult careers.

The funds requested from this grant would enable UCP to expand the program offerings, include classes specifically for children, enable the organization to continue to employ Watertown High School students and to be able to exhibit some of the art work within the community so as to expand upon the community educational component of the program.

To learn more about the Watertown Community Foundation, please visit http://www.watertownfoundation.org/.

Thank You for Joining Us

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Thank you to everyone that joined us at the Franklin Park Zoo and supported our Family Day event.  It was a beautiful day to out with family and friends.  Your contribution will go a long way to strengthen the programs and services for the individuals we serve.

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Thank You to our Golf Event Sponsors!

Life without Limits Golf Sponsorships

We graciously thank Leonard, Mulherin and Greene, P.C. for their generosity as our ‘Life without Limits Gold Sponsor’ for a second year in a row.

Gold Sponsorship

Leonard Mulherin and Greene, P.C.

Bronze Sponsorship

Arbella Insurance Foundation

Mr. Jason Archambault / Eastern Salt Company

Beta Group

Mr. George Curtis

Mr. Peter Howard

Linden Ponds

Maguire Associates

Middlesex Savings Bank

Tee Hole Sponsorship

Arcadis U.S. Inc.

ArcLIght Information Technology

Arrow Paper

Environmental Partners Group, Inc.

HarvardPilgrim Healthcare

James Sheehan Landscaping


Mutual of America

O’Connor & Drew

Progressive Benefits

Roblin Insurance

The LaCivita Family



New England Golf Guide

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Steptember is an exciting 4 week team activity that runs for the month of September.  Step up to the challenge.  The funds raised through your involvement with Steptember helps individuals with disabilities live a Life Without Limits.

Please visit our Steptember Event Page for more information.

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Thank you to everyone that joined us at the Franklin Park Zoo and supported our Family Day event.  It was a beautiful day to out with family and friends.  Your contribution will go a long way to strengthen the programs and services for the individuals we serve.

Click Here to see more photos from this event.

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