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ODFW helps Douglas County kids casting for fun at annual MATP celebration

Fremont Middle School (File / SBG image)

Douglas County children facing some of life’s toughest challenges are scheduled for a day of fun and support on Thursday, May 4, as they, their peer partners and volunteers gather at Fremont Middle School for Hooked on MATP, the district said.

The annual Motor Activities Training Program celebration is scheduled from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the school at 850 W. Keady Court in Roseburg.

The program is designed for participants with severe disabilities, engaging them in activities that are appropriate for their skill levels.

In keeping with this year’s theme, staff from the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife will join Douglas Education Service District staff in presenting items for children to explore through touch and sound. A parade will begin at 9 a.m., with closing ceremonies due to start around 11 a.m.

Each MATP athlete will collect a medal in a Special Olympics-style event.

Volunteers will help kids take part in a roster of activities that typically include golf, ramp bowling, basketball, switch-activated games, modified versions of soccer and softball and sensory experiences available to kids of all abilities.

Sharon Osborne, occupational therapist with Douglas Education Service District, said the annual event gives parents and siblings a chance to come and cheer for children who are getting the opportunity to participate in activities they typically may not be able to join.

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