Members of the William Floyd High School Key Club recently volunteered at the Mastic Sports Club Kyle Sports for Special Needs bi-weekly inclusion Saturday program held in the gymnasium at William Floyd Middle School in which children with special needs from throughout the community gather to play various sports and ride their bicycles in the gymnasium. According to Michelle Montalbano, Key Club advisor and Tangier Smith Elementary School teacher, the students had a great time interacting and playing games with the children.
The William Floyd High School Key Club’s focus is community service and they strive to improve their community through various volunteer activities. In addition to their work with the children involved in the Kyle Sports program, they are also collecting items to fill “comfort cases,” small duffel bags or backpacks for children entering the foster care system as a means of providing comfort as opposed to having their belongings tossed into a trash bag. Comfort cases include essentials for the first few days in a new place as well as comfort items such as a teddy bear to help ease a scary transition.
About the Kyle Sports for Special Needs Program
Over the past 10 years, the Kyle Sports for Special Needs program has made a difference in the lives of children with special needs and their families in the community by providing an opportunity for them to have the same experiences as typical children such as through the bi-weekly Saturday sports program. The organization was the driving force behind the adaptive playground being built at the Moriches Athletic Complex in Moriches by the Town of Brookhaven. The playground is named after Kyle Metz, the namesake and inspiration of the organization. Kyle Sports’ director, Debbie Metz, has been instrumental in helping to bring to fruition the new, centrally-located fully adaptive playground coming to the community near Nathaniel Woodhull Elementary School. This playground was part of the capital project overwhelmingly approved by voters in October 2017, and will be built in the near future. For more information about this organization, please visit www.msckylesportsforspecialneeds.com.