As the Olympic fever spread throughout the state and nation, the Baltimore Paralympic Sport Club Mid-Atlantic, located in Cockeysville, recently received a $15,000 grant donation from BP and its Baltimore marketer, Carroll Independent Fuels.
The London 2012 Paralympic Games begin in August, and in June BP Products North America Inc. gave consumers an opportunity to step into the shoes of Team USA at an event at Union Station, Washington, where guests could participate in simulated Olympic and Paralympic sports including a 10-meter sprint, wheelchair race, shot-put and discus.
Team USA athlete Chris Waddell, 13-time Paralympic medalist and the most decorated male mono-skier in Paralympic history, was at the event to share his story and sign autographs.
Carroll Independent Fuels and Washington BP marketer Petroleum Marketing Group teamed up with paralympic clubs to help build awareness of the benefits of recreational and competitive sports for youth and adults with physical disabilities.
The companies presented a $15,000 grant to Paralympic Sport Club Mid-Atlantic, a program of Baltimore Adapted Recreation and Sports; and also to Paralympic Sport Washington, a program of MedStar National Rehabilitation Network.
The donations will help fund sport activities at the clubs, such as wheelchair basketball and cycling.
U.S. Paralympic bracelets will be available for purchase at participating BP sites throughout August. All proceeds will go to Paralympic Sport Club Mid-Atlantic and Paralympic Sport Washington.
For more information about BP's sponsorship of Team USA, go to http://www.bpusathletes.com.
Baltimore County's Cockeysville Library, 9833 Greenside Drive (410-887-7750) has the following activities planned for children and adults alike:
• Preschool Story Time, with stories, activities and songs for ages 2 to 5 with an adult, 10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m., Tuesday, Aug. 14 and Wednesday, Aug. 15.
• Pajama Story Time, with bedtime stories and songs for ages 2 to 5, 7 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 16.
• Baby Boosters Story Time, with simple stories, music, movement and rhymes, for infants 23 months and younger, 9:30and 10:30 a.m., Thursday, Aug. 16 and Saturday, Aug. 18.
• Teen Zone Game Hour, with Uno, Scrabble — as well as snacks and music — for ages 11 to 17, 3:30 p.m., Monday, Aug.13.
• For adults, there will be a Books, Coffee and Conversation session to discuss your favorite books, 11:30 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 15.
Don't forget — there will be a 5k run/walk and 1-mile walk Sunday, Aug. 26, beginning at 8 a.m. at Johnny Unitas Stadium at Towson University to benefit the Baltimore County Department of Aging Fitness Programs for Seniors.
A $10 entry fee for those 60 and over will help to support the local team. Prizes will be awarded, post race refreshments served and T shirts will be provided to the first 1,000 registered participants.
If you are unable to participate, you can still sponsor a friend. For details contact the Department of Aging at 410-887-2594.
It doesn't seem possible that the summer is winding down, but here is a gentle reminder that Baltimore County Public Schools begin on Monday, Aug. 27. Check with your child's school for the paperwork and individual starting times for the different grades.
Enjoy the remainder of the summer!