REACH 4 RADD Wins Big at Special Olympic Regional Basketball Competition.
Pleasanton RADD (Recreational Activities for the Developmentally Disabled) athletes earned various medals last month when their hometown hosted the Special Olympics Northern California regional basketball competition.
Leading the way for the local squad on March 9 were the individual skills competitors, with RADD’s Adam Pinney, Ajay Miller and Vlad Goroklhov each winning a gold medal in the contest that tested athletes’ abilities to dribble, shoot baskets and make chest passes.
In team competitions, the RADD A team participated in a higher division this time around, winning its first game and then dropping a close second game by a narrow margin en route to earning the bronze medal.
“These athletes train for eight weeks on passing, rebounding, fast-breaks and shooting. Their practice paid off and was demonstrated by an impressive 3-pointer by Heather Soto,” RADD coach Kay King said.
The RADD B team gave the hometown fans thrills during the tournament in Pleasanton. After losing a tight game by two points in their opener, the RADD B athletes battled to a triple-overtime victory in their second game capped by a game-winning basket by Pete Voss.
“Judging by the cheering from not only our team, but the volunteers, score keepers and everyone else in the gym, RADD B was clearly the favorite amongst the fans,” King said.
In all, more than 400 athletes from 15 teams across Northern California took part in the regional competition played at Amador Valley High School and Pleasanton and Harvest Park middle schools on March 9.
Voss, a 74-year-old athlete and longtime Special Olympics competitor, served as torch bearer during the opening ceremonies at Amador — which also saw RADD athlete Jason Paasch lead the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance.
After the tournament, Tri-Valley REACH sponsored a pizza party for the RADD teams at New York Pizza on Main Street.
REACH receives recognition award from
Pleasanton’s City Council
On Tuesday, October 16th, Tri-Valley REACH, Inc., was recognized for its 20 plus years of success in the Pleasanton business community. Since REACH’s founding almost 28 years ago, hundreds of individuals with developmental disabilities have had the opportunity to live independently in a REACH home. REACH is proud of this legacy and continues to provide safe, quality and affordable homes for adults with developmental disabilities. Congratulations to REACH!
REACH Continues their Commitment to Serving Adults with Developmental Disabilities!
REACH, which stands for Resources, Education, Activites, Community and Housing, continues to be instrumental in supporting our community’s adults with developmental disabilities in many aspects of their lives. Although the primary mission is providing homes for independent living, REACH’s commitment to the special needs community as a whole remains strong.
REACH annually provides scholarships for those who cannot afford to participate in the City of Pleasanton’s RADD (Recreational Activities for the Developmentally Disabled) program. In addition to scholarships, REACH also provides equipment, uniforms and other sports related items as needed throughout the year.
RADD athletes, who are also part of Special Olympics Northern California, are able to particiapte and compete all year long in sports such as basketball, track & field, volleyball, golf, softball and floor hockey. At the conclusion of each sport, REACH holds a recognition and awards pizza party where every athlete is recognzied for their hard work, commitment to staying active and healthy and to their participation and team spirit.
From REACH and those we serve, sincerely thank our Friends of REACH for their loyal support. We look forward to sponsoring many more exciting and wondeful events this year for our community of adults with developmental disabilities!
KIDS-N-NEED makes generous donation to REACH!
KIDS-N-NEED is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to raise money for kids in need. Their primary goal is to help children and their parents through difficult times. In the case of “REACH”, the “KIDS” have become “ADULTS” but continue to need support in managing their independent living… and KIDS-N-NEED generously welcomed the opportunity to help the REACH family of adults with developmental disabilities.
Every year, KIDS-N-NEED holds a charity golf tournament and all proceeds are donated to multiple charities in support of “KIDS”. Mark your calendars for April 30, 2018 to either participate or volunteer at the next Charity Golf Tournament to be held at Castlewood Country Club!
Thank you, KIDS-N-NEED!!!
May 31, 2017
REACH receives Mini-Grant award from Rotary Club of Livermore!
On behalf of REACH, their tenants and the community we serve, REACH extends a heartfelt thanks and gratitude for being selected as a Mini-Grant Recipient. REACH has 9 homes in our community, providing an opportunity for adults with developmental disabilities to live as independently as possible. Each home requires ongoing maintenance and upkeep and this generous award from Rotary Club of Livermore will be used for this purpose.
Rotary Club of Livermore has been focused on helping our communities for many years. In 1987 the Livermore Rotary Club joined with the Livermore Valley Rotary Club to form the Rotarian Foundation of Livermore, a 501(c)(3) public benefit corporation, focused on youth. The goal of the Foundation is to create opportunities for Livermore organizations that enrich lives and build community spirit. With a focus on youth, the Foundation supports projects which have the greatest impact per dollar spent by helping start up exciting new programs and developing strong institutions and community resources. Since its establishment as a tax exempt qualified charitable fund in 1987, the Foundation corpus has reached its target of $1,000,000.
Check out their website to learn more about this amazing organization: http://livermore-rotary.org/…/…/Livermore_Rotary_History.pdf
March 25, 2017
REACH among recipients of the Shiva-Vishnu Temple’s Grant in Aid Program!
REACH is honored and extremely grateful to be among the 45 non-profit recipients at this year’s Shiva-Vishnu Temple’s Grant in Aid Program celebratory event.
Serving the community at large by making a difference in the lives of needy people is one of the important functions of the HCCC, which stands for Hindu Community and Cultural Center. To read more about this amazing organization and their philosophy of Serving God by Serving Humanity, click on the link below:
REACH for the Stars
SAP Volunteer Day at REACH Home!
A very heartfelt “THANK YOU” to the SAP Volunteers for your hard work at one of the REACH Properties on October 21st. We could not have done this without your time, effort, giving spirit and amazing teamwork.
Thank you also to Hands On Bay Area for coordinating this project. It is because of their skill in connecting non-profits with community organizations, that REACH was able to receive the much needed volunteer efforts!
REACH 4 RADD Wins Big!
At the Special Olympics Northern California Regional Track & Field and Volleyball competitions. On Saturday, April 30th, hundreds of Special Olympic Athletes from Northern California gathered at Amador Valley High School in Pleasanton to compete for Gold, Silver and Bronze Medals. REACH 4 RADD Track & Field Team scored big earning 17 Golds, 3 Silvers and 1 Bronze! In Volleyball, Team RADD-A got Gold while RADD-B was in 4th place.
In addition to providing homes for adults with developmental disabilities, REACH has been a long time supporter of our community’s adults with developmental disabilities in their social and athletic activities. For years, REACH has provided scholarships so that anyone who wants to participate, but can’t afford the fee, is never turned away. As with any sporting activity, over time uniforms get worn and equipment breaks. Time and time again, REACH happily subsidizes new uniforms, athletic equipment and any other gear needed to make the sports fun and safe for the athletes. After getting their new uniforms this past year, one RADD athlete said, “This is great! We look like a real team!”
…and they performed like one too!
Here are some shots of this weekend’s competition!
Berkshire Hathaway Volunteer Day
A huge “Thank you” to Berkshire Hathaway and their many volunteers who donated their time, energy and smiles to spruce up one of our REACH homes. The efforts of these amazing volunteers enables REACH to continue helping those with developmental disabilities live full and independent lives.
REACH-4-RADD Annual Holiday Event
Once again, Santa did not disappoint this year’s RADD Athletes. He arrived at New York Pizza in Pleasanton with a bag of goodies for all, including the coaches! Each year at the conclusion of the Special Olympics Season, REACH puts on a holiday event to celebrate the athletes and coaches for their hard work, athletic accomplishments and community engagement for the current year. As a thank you to New York Pizza for all they have done to provide a comfortable meeting place, great food and happy spirits, the athletes presented a signed and framed photograph, which highlighted their several team sports.
REACH 9th Annual Golf Tournament and Banquet – Huge Success!
This year’s REACH’s 9th Annual Golf Tournament and Banquet Fundraising raised over $32,000! The 9th Annual event was a huge success once again due to the generosity of our partners, friends and golfers! The golfers, which also included several of the special needs individuals who reside in REACH homes, enjoyed the beautiful day on Castlewood’s Hill Course. There were games on the course, a putting contest, many vendors providing beverages and much more. Following golf was a cocktail reception where everyone had the opportunity to bid on fantastic silent auction items and raffle prizes. Several Special Olympics RADD Athletes attended the dinner and were recognized during the program. All of us at REACH sincerely thank you for your participation and continued support. It’s because of you that we are able to make a positive difference in the lives of those with disabilities.