Women's Hoops Joins Belchertown Accessible Playground Fundraiser
June 11, 2014
Daily Hampshire Gazette Story: Fundraising for fully accessible Belchertown playground enters final stretch
The University of Massachusetts women's basketball team will participate with the men's program in an effort to raise funds for Jessica's Boundless Playground through a clinic hosted at Belchertown High School on June 16. The event costs $40 and all proceeds from the entry fee go toward the project.
The project is being built in memory of Jessica Martins, who was born with Rett Syndrome, a degenerative neurological disease, and passed on in 2009 at the age of 19.
The group also will receive a $5,000 challenge grant from an anonymous donor if at least 500 individuals or businesses each donate $100 or more by June 30. Organizers hope the Be One Challenge will double the minimum that would be raised if successful, bringing the total to $105,000.
Among the sensory elements on the playground will be a color splash panel, an imagination table panel and a sensory wall. Andrew Berger, a consultant with O'Brien & Sons Inc., the Medfield company that Team Jessica hired to help coordinate the project, said those elements are designed to engage autistic children. They are produced by Landscape Structures Inc. in Delano, Minnesota.