DOVER — The inaugural Dover Family Fun Community Day to benefit the ATI Foundation is taking place on Saturday.
The free event is being hosted by ATI Physical Therapy West Dover and will be held in their parking lot, 260 Beiser Blvd., from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Abby Ecker, ATI Physical Therapy representative, said the foundation — a certified 501c3 nonprofit created in 2003 whose focus is helping children under the age of 18 with physical disabilities — is a way for employees to give back to the community.
“It can be the simplest thing,” said Ms. Ecker, who then told a story about a young man in Wilmington with chronic asthma that was causing regular visits to the hospital. “All he needed was an air conditioner and that helped him breathe a lot better at home.”
The foundation is larger than just the event on Saturday. ATI Physical Therapy has 250 clinics in eight states, with 25 of those being in Delaware. The companies annual Chili Cook-Off (and 5K run new this year) in Wilmington is scheduled for Nov. 9.
“All the events are planned by the employees,” said Ms. Ecker.
The foundation also partners with Preston’s March for Energy, a foundation whose mission to provide adaptive bikes to children with special needs and to support education, awareness and a cure for Mitochondrial Disease.
These adaptive bikes can cost as much as $3,000 — a cost not covered by insurance because it’s deemed unnecessary and too expensive for some families to afford, said Ms. Ecker.
Randy Smith, ATI West Dover clinic director, is excited for the opportunity to help their community and is encouraging people to come out.
“We believe in what the ATI Foundation is doing, and we wanted to find a way to do out part,” he said. “It’s going to be a fun day.”
Activities include a dunk tank, local fire department demonstration, carnival games with prizes for kids, chair massages, and a T-shirt tie-dye station. ATI will provide the shirts free of charge.
There will be food for sale including hamburgers, hot dogs and baked goods. Local eatery, Chillz N Grillz will be selling $15 rib platters.
Money for the foundation will be raised through the sale of food, by buying opportunities to “pie” a trainer in the face or dunk one in the dunk tank, and by raffling off of prizes. Ms. Ecker said raffle prizes include tickets to local sporting events and a basketball signed by Elena Delle Donne, former University of Delaware women’s basketball star and former ATI client.
For more information got to www.atipt.com/ati-foundation/events/dover-family-fun-community-day.
Staff writer Chris Flood can be reached at 741-8230 or firstname.lastname@example.org.