Corporate sports challenge: ‘Play it Forward’ for The Learning Center; registration deadline

ST. GEORGE — Businesses and individuals interested in networking and some lighthearted competition are gathering at the Washington City Community Center Friday at 8 a.m. to participate in the corporate sports challenge for the benefit of The Learning Center for Families.

The Learning Center serves families with infants and toddlers who are vulnerable due to poor health, poverty, developmental delay or a developmental condition such as Down syndrome, cerebral palsy or autism.

Read more about The Learning Center: Helping ‘kiddos’ with delayed development

“We’re so grateful for the support we’ve received from local businesses and families in our community,” TLC Development Officer Janie Belliston said. “Everywhere I turn, I meet someone who either has a child or grandchild or neighbor who has been helped by TLC over the years. Many of them even get emotional talking about their experience with TLC, which just reminds me of the positive impact we’re having on these families.”

Individuals or teams of co-workers, families or friends can register online through Wednesday to participate in the sports challenge fundraiser. Ticket prices are $50 per person or $300 per team of seven and are tax deductible.

Participants older than 18 of all fitness and skill levels will compete on one of several teams in fun, sports-oriented activities such as dodge ball, water roller balls, rock climbing wall, volleyball, tug of war and a basketball hoops challenge. Each team is required to have at least one male and one female.

“We’re hoping that fundraisers like the Corporate Sports Challenge will help us increase awareness about our mission,” Belliston said, “and raise the extra funding we need to serve more families on our waiting list.”

Breakfast, lunch and T-shirt are included in the event, as well as prizes (and bragging rights) for the winning team.

About TLC

Since 1993, The Learning Center for Families has been dedicated to its mission of promoting the success of children one family at a time. TLC has family centers located in St. George, LaVerkin, Beaver Dam, Arizona, and Colorado City, Arizona, and provide home visiting services throughout Washington County and the Arizona Strip to over 500 pregnant women and families with vulnerable children each week. TLC has a staff of over 60 employees including special education consultants, occupational and physical therapists, nurses, speech therapists, registered dieticians, licensed clinical social workers and Kindermusik instructors.

TLC offers programs, including:

  • Early Head Start serving low-income pregnant women and families with children ages birth to three by providing comprehensive services that promote the physical, cognitive, social and emotional growth of infants and toddlers while assisting parents in achieving greater self-sufficiency
  • Early Intervention serving families with children ages birth to three showing any kind of developmental delay or who have conditions such as Down syndrome, cerebral palsy or autism
  • Parents as Teachers program focusing on pregnant women of any income who need extra parenting support, due to stressors in their lives, until their child reaches 5 years of age
  • Kindermusik classes provided weekly at TLC’s St. George location for children ages 6 weeks to 8 years old.

Event details

  • What: Corporate Sports Challenge
  • When: Friday, April 17, 8 a.m.
  • Where: Washington City Community Center, 350 N. Community Center Drive, Washington
  • Registration available until April 15 online, $50 per person, $300 per team of seven
  • TLC website
  • Contact: Janie Belliston 435-673-5353 ext. 139 or by email

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