Students with disabilities will one day have the opportunity to play sports in a complex designed just for them.
Mandy Stelzer, community executive director of the Lake Houston YMCA, revealed a unique, best-in-class adaptive sports complex being built in The Groves on Lake Houston Parkway between the new elementary school and new middle school.
She was among the speakers at the Lake Houston Area Chamber’s June 9 Summer Creek BizCom.
Partnering with Humble ISD Foundation, the complex will include two Miracle League baseball/multi-purpose fields, a barrier-free playground and a covered pavilion.
“Ten percent of the children in the Houston area cope with disabilities,” Stelzer told the group, “and this ADA-compliant, handicap-accessible sports complex will allow these children to benefit from the exercise, energy, stress-release and pure enjoyment of playing sports.”
Humble ISD is providing land and essential infrastructure while the YMCA of Greater Houston and Humble ISD Foundation are launching a $3.3 million capital campaign for design and construction.
Completion is expected to be late summer 2017, but is dependent upon fundraising efforts, according to Stelzer.
Also speaking at BizCom was Jerri Monbaron with the Humble ISD Education Foundation who encouraged participation in the foundation’s annual golf tournament at Oakhurst Golf Club Nov. 11.
“We’ve awarded $9.1 million in innovative grants to our teachers, programs and departments around the district since we were founded,” Monbaron told the group.
She described two innovative programs recently funded by the foundation – assisting teachers in helping fifth-grade students transition to middle school, and a program that brought North Belt Elementary teachers to their students’ neighborhood where they met students' families and visited the students in their homes.
“The golf tournament helps to fund programs like these that have a significant impact on student learning,” Monbaron said.
To learn more about the tournament and to register, visit humbleisdfoundation.org.
The BizCom group also learned about a Town Hall on Sept. 21 hosted by Harris County Sheriff Ron Hickman at The Lighthouse Church located at Highway 59 and Rankin Road.
“This is a family event and your opportunity to bring up issues important to your community and to share ideas with Sheriff [Ron] Hickman about how to make your community better and safer,” said David Escobar, the sheriff’s community relations director. “There also are career opportunities. You can learn how to apply to become a Sheriff’s deputy.”
Escobar also encouraged Summer Creek residents to participate in “National Night Out” Oct. 4. “If you don’t have an officer attending your event, contact the Sheriff’s office and we’ll work with you to get you an officer that night.”
Finally, Principal Nolan Correa could find himself hit in the face with a pie at halftime during the Oct. 14 Summer Creek vs. Atascocita game at Turner Stadium. The two neighboring schools are raising funds for “Pink Out,” the annual cancer awareness game. The principal of the school raising the most funds for cancer research will get to “pie” the principal of the losing school.
“Please help me keep pie off my face,” Correa pleaded with the Summer Creek business crowd.
Adding to the festivities, Summer Creek Baptist Church will provide free hotdogs and chips during the “Pink Out” game. Pastor Paul Lyle also announced that the Church has broken ground at their new site which is located directly east of Summer Creek High School.
The next Summer Creek BizCom will be Dec. 8 at Summer Creek High School. For information about the Summer Creek, Kingwood, Atascocita and Humble BizComs, call the Lake Houston Area Chamber at 281.446.2128 or lakehouston.org.