National Ability Center’s ‘Brave Bows’ is a family affair
Each summer, the National Ability Center, a nonprofit organization that provides recreational activities for people of all abilities, hosts five family-oriented programs.
The goal, said Kristen Caldwell, sports and recreation manager at the National Ability Center, is to focus on all of the NAC’s different program areas and provide a family event each month.
"We want to bring families together and socialize with one another to increase their social networks," Caldwell told The Park Record. "Sometimes during our other programs, we will have events for family members with a disability, but the other family members will have to participate other camps or activities that are separate from each other. So, this is a way to do something to have everyone together. It’s one of our goals at the NAC to help families do things together. In fact, we are trying to make all of our programs inclusive."
So far, the National Ability Center has held an equestrian-themed event and a cycling one.
On Friday, Aug. 16, it will present "Brave Bows," which will focus on the archery program.
"We will start the evening with some shooting at our archery range," Caldwell explained. "We’ll mix it up with some games like shooting at balloons and things like that. Then we’ll let kids color their own targets and then we’ll hang the targets up so the kids can shoot them."
The night will end with an outdoor screening of Disney’s "Brave," which is about a Celtic princess who is an archer.
"We’ll provide some popcorn and other movie snacks," Caldwell said. "Hopefully the weather stays good for us."
The event will run from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. and is open to anyone who has a family member or friend with a disability, and reservations can be made online at http://www.discoverNAC.org .
"People can visit us and will see a list of all of our programs," Caldwell said. "They click on ‘Brave Bows’ or sign up for the others as well."
The other programs will be held in September and October.
"We will have a ropes and rocks event on Sept. 21 that will feature our challenge and climbing course," Caldwell said. "It will end with a barbecue with hamburgers and hot dogs."
The last summer program will be a "splash and climb" event at South Summit Aquatic and Fitness Center in Kamas on Oct. 18.
"We’ll use the great pool and climbing wall out there," Caldwell said. "And we’ll enjoy a pizza dinner that night."
The National Ability Center, 1000 Ability Way at Quinn’s Junction, will present "Brave Bows" on Friday, Aug. 16, from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. The family event will feature a session of archery and a screening of Disney’s "Brave." Registration is available at http://www.discovernac.org .
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