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The 16th annual Frog-a-Nanny, which has become a staple of Spring in New Albany, has come and gone. It was last Friday evening at the Sportsplex.
Frog-a-Nanny is a modified baseball game for students with severe and multiple disabilities in the New Albany and Union County public schools. Disabilities range from autism to Down syndrome, profound or moderate retardation, physical impairments and traumatic brain injuries.
But it has become much more than a baseball game with a parade, a 5K walk and fun run, and a picnic. And it brings hundreds of volunteers to the Sportsplex to help with the event that started with an idea by Kelly Coltharp.
This year’s event had a record 82 participants, who leave an impact on all those who attend.
“They teach you to not take anything for granted and they can do anything in spite of their condition. They never give up and you leave with that same attitude. That’s truly why I believe this event keeps getting bigger and better every year,” Coltharp said.
We agree and we congratulate Coltharp and her army of volunteers who annually make this event happen.
It’s an opportunity to experience the true meaning of sport and increases awareness of students with special needs.
It’s an example of true community spirit.