BENEFITING: PLAY BRIGADE INC
ORGANIZER: PLAY BRIGADE INC
EVENT: 2016 Boston Marathon
EVENT DATE: Apr 18, 2016
Bob Burres was a husband, father of two, and former marine when his life was changed forever by a driver under the influence of drugs going the wrong way on the freeway. A head-on collision left him partially paralyzed from the waist down and forced him to discover a new way of navigating the world — from his wheelchair. Widowed shortly after his accident, he was left to raise his two young boys with the help of his sisters across the country.
His boys are now grown, and Bob is living in Boston. A chance encounter this summer with The Play Brigade founder Dawn Oates led him to begin dancing for the charity as a way to demonstrate how inclusion of people with disabilities in play, recreation and sports benefits not only those with disabilities, but entire communities. Their performance moved the 500-person crowd to a standing ovation, and they took home the top prize in the competition, raising $70,000 in the process.
Now Bob has his sights on the Boston Marathon. An accomplished marathoner in the hand-cycle division, he has been invited to represent The Play Brigade on their marathon team. Please consider supporting his efforts to create opportunities in play, recreation and sports by contributing to Bob’s marathon fundraiser — so there is more fun for everyone.
About The Play Brigade
After Dawn and Justin Oates's third child was paralyzed in a catastrophic birth injury, they discovered the difficulty of planning fun family activities that included all three of their children. What started with asking for an accessible swing at a local playground evolved into a vision of a world for all individuals where there are no barriers to play, recreation, or sports, and where inclusion is the cornerstone of community. From there, The Play Brigade was born.
Advocate. Influence. Empower.
Millions of children and adults living with disabilities are missing opportunities to interact with their peers and their community in fun and meaningful ways because they are overlooked in the planning process. The Play Brigade believes that inclusion, the idea that everyone participates and everyone belongs, is the cornerstone of community. As such, the work we do is inclusive, rather than “specialized,” and we raise the bar beyond ADA compliant. We create awareness of inclusion as a social problem, illustrating how individuals and entire communities benefit when every person has the opportunity to participate and belong.
How we move the needle for social change:
We form allies who are committed to making inclusion a priority and who have the desire, ability and leadership position to effect change within their organization or municipality.
We consult with organizations on what changes they can make that will have great impact toward being more inclusive.
We create universal opportunities for fun that demonstrate what true community inclusion looks like and showcase its benefits to communities and society as a whole.