SaddleBrooke Community Outreach’s Walk for Kids Is Back
After a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic, the SaddleBrooke Community Outreach’s Walk for Kids is back. This annual event, formerly known as The Walkathon, had a tremendous turnout with more than 350 participants this year. To make it as easy as possible for everyone to participate, online and in-person registration were available. Also, every registered walker was given a special 25th anniversary commemorative T-shirt.
With cool weather rapidly becoming a quite pleasant fall morning, the festivities began with a warm-up session in the SaddleBrooke HOA One parking lot near the bocce ball courts. The walkers had a choice of a long 3.25 miles walk around Ridge View Blvd or a shorter 1.25 mile walk to the commerce center and then back to the start area. Water was provided to both the human and canine walkers at tables set up along the routes. The SaddleBrooke Community Outreach (SBCO) warmly welcomed the energy and enthusiasm of 61 students from the Copper Corridor schools of Mammoth/San Manuel and Mountain Vista. Of course, participating residents had no chance to keep up with these wonderful kids of all ages.
Following the Walk
At around 9:15 a.m. following the SaddleBrooke Community Outreach’s Walk for Kids, everyone had the opportunity to sample goodies from the Snack Shack at the SaddleBrooke HOA One Clubhouse, and replenish those lost calories. This year, the Tucson Roadrunners hockey team mascot welcomed everyone and took pictures with the participants. This was an especially big hit with our younger walkers.
In addition, SBCO program leaders provided information about the services for students residing in the Copper Corridor towns. These include educational enrichment grants, scholarships, meals, and clothing through Kids’ Closet and Teen Closet. Additionally, representatives from everyone’s favorite, the Golden Goose Thrift Shop, where you can find almost anything you might need and things you didn’t know you needed, also provided information and recruited much-needed volunteers. Premier business supporters of SBCO were also on hand to display their products and services used here in SaddleBrooke.
Given the smiles from all the walkers, it was apparent this long-awaited community tradition was a resounding success. SBCO is looking forward to seeing everyone next year and plans to have an even greater turnout. Stay tuned for the announcement of the 2023 date.
See more of the SaddleBrooke Community Outreach happenings here.
Written by Rick Morrison
About SaddleBrooke Community Outreach (SBCO)
SaddleBrooke Community Outreach (SBCO) is a not-for-profit, all volunteer community organization that helps about 4,000 students residing in the Arizona communities and school districts between SaddleBrooke and Miami, including the San Carlos Indian Reservation.
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