From left: Superintendent Adams, Corrections Activities Specialist Alex Fisher, ENVISION Counselor A.J. Sumser, Athlete Mason Sempinsky, Wendy Fagan, and Deputy Dady
The inmate population at SCI Mercer recently completed a fall fundraiser to benefit EVISION Blind Sports out of Slippery Rock. The Inmate Activities Committee (IAC) sold different flavors of protein powder and various types of candies. The IAC presented a $4,000 check to ENVISION on December 9.
The donation will support athletes attending ENVISION's Blind Sports Summer Camp in 2022. The week-long camp welcomes children ages 5-18 who are blind or visually impaired along with their siblings. It is an opportunity for young athletes to try more than 25 different sports and recreational activities, learn new skills, improve their current skill level, increase independence and make lifelong friendships.
Sports offered at camp include: canoeing, kayaking, paddle boarding, swimming, horseback riding, beep kickball, beep baseball, drums alive, wrestling, golf, judo, dance, archery, tennis, 5-a-side football (blind soccer), goalball (Paralympic sports designed for blind athletes), high ropes course, track and field, basketball, yoga, rock climbing and tandem biking.
ENVISION Blind Sports is an organization that supports individuals who are blind or visually impaired by providing services and education to ensure they are getting ample opportunities to be physically active.