BLASDELL, N.Y. (WIVB) — Fantastic Friends of Western New York took to Woodlawn Beach Sunday, for its first Special Paddle event.
Volunteers were paired with teens with special needs, for a fun one-on-one lesson on kayaking, paddle boarding and other beach games.
Organizers with Fantastic Friends of Western New York say the event is a way to help teens with special needs socialize and make life-long connections.
“It’s very challenging sometimes socially to have a meaningful place where you can feel welcome and supported for everything that you are and that’s the biggest challenge,” said founder Marissa Hacker. “Coming to Fantastic Friends and meeting these new friends and also learning how to physically move is very good.”
The not-for-profit organization hosts monthly social functions for members and volunteers around Western New York.