‘Bowl4Friendship’ creates inclusion among disabled kids

Positively Richmond

MIDLOTHIAN, Va. (WRIC) — ‘The Friendship Circle’ held it’s first annual ‘Bowl4Friendship’ this weekend.

“Friendship is a necessity at every age and we are committed to continuing to create inclusion through social experiences for our community,” Friendship Circle said in a release.

The event took place Sunday afternoon at Uptown Alley in Midlothian from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.The FC paired teens with special needs children for an afternoon filled with bowling.

One of the organizers said his daughter has special needs and he has seen the benefits these events have on her.

“16 years old chronologically, developmentally Julia is about 18 months old, and always will be,” Jeff Katz said. “So Julia just learned how to walk in the last year and a half 2 years and doesn’t really speak and she’s going to be with us forever.”

The kids he said who participate in ‘Friendship Circle’ always put a smile on Julia’s face.

“Friendship Circle fulfills the most vital needs of childhood – friendship and fun – by creating social opportunities for children and young adults with disabilities, pairing them with typical teens and youth for weekly in-home play dates, social outings, and monthly events throughout RVA,” the FC said.

Funds raised through Bowl4Friendship will be used to help the FC expand services and activities offered to families in the Richmond area.

To get involved or learn about upcoming events click here.

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