On Saturday afternoon, I was reminded why I like working with my business partners.
After our regular schedule of gymnastics classes, I was just about to pack up my things and head home when I was told, ‘Dude, you’re up for the Special Olympics class at 6pm’.
My shoulders dropped and I think I started sulking, because I was really tired that day, and I was looking forward to a Saturday evening off. A Special Needs gymnastics class was almost definitely going to chuck that out.
Then the kids and their parents arrived and we started the warm ups. Within a couple of minutes, the enthusiasm of these children, aged between six and twelve, rubbed off on everyone – coaches, parents and everyone else watching.
The parents were smiling, and I found myself smiling most of the session (except for when we were on trampoline duty, watching three autistic kids – quite stressful). I was less tired for the rest of the evening. (But still too tired to attend a big party on a yacht I was supposed to attend).
My business partners and I have been running this gymnastics for Special Needs kids for three Saturdays now, and I’ve been so busy with work that I’ve only just realised that it’s been more than half a year since we started trying to put this together.
Thank you Singapore Sports Council for assisting in procuring Bishan Sports Hall for our program. And thank you to the various organisations who’ve been passing word around to parents of special needs kids. All we need now is some way to recoup our cost of hiring coaches and assistants (we’re currently doing this pro bono).
If you’re interested in volunteering your services at our special needs classes, please email me and I’ll put you in touch with my partners. I tell you, it’s a much better way of spending your time than say, reading the New Paper.
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Blue Moon from the album “Music To Watch Girls By (Disc 2)” by Mel Torme