Sunday, October 30, 2011

SDRD's November Charity

words alive home

November 12th is the Rockettes last home game at Skateworld and we are proud to have Words Alive as our charity. Words Alive exists to inspire children, young adults and families to be passionate about reading in order to unlock their imagination and to be better prepared for the future.

Did you know that less than one-third of 13-year-olds read for pleasure? Words Alive is a dedicated team working hard every day to create and provide solutions to this very serious issue. They are advocates for reading.

They focus on underserved communities and at-risk youth. Sessions develop cognitive and verbal skills, instill a love of reading and books, and enhance self-esteem. They also allow young readers to understand their own personal experience and how it relates to a larger context. They demonstrate that reading can be a dynamic, magical, and fun part of life, and that a commitment to reading contributes to personal and professional success.

Words Alive was established in May 1999 as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization by founder Leslye Lyons, a voracious reader and professional book group facilitator. After scanning San Diego’s literacy landscape, she found that while there were numerous programs providing one-on-one literacy tutoring teaching functionally illiterate individuals how to read, there were few programs that demonstrated that reading could be fun and enjoyable.

Today, Words Alive serves more than 1,000 at-risk, undeserved, low-income children, teens and adults with its innovative, integrated programming approach. Our programs complement school curricula designed for children and youth who have become disengaged from school, are not learning in traditional school programs or do not meet public school performance guidelines. Programs also support parents and caregivers in their efforts to encourage a love of reading and books in their children.

Words Alive believes that reading is a fundamental skill that can be enjoyed for a lifetime. By going into classrooms, meeting parents, and working with book groups, they bring the written word to children and students who have not been exposed to or have lost interest in reading.

Donations: We invite you to consider making a tax-deductible gift in whatever amount you can afford. Each dollar you donate to our programs and services is an investment in the education and future of a child. Donations can be mailed to the following address:

Phone: (858) 274-WORDS (9673)
Fax: (858) 274-9675
Click here to e-mail Words Alive
5111 Santa Fe Street, Suite 219
San Diego, CA 92109


Friday, October 7, 2011

Rehab United Bike MS Team

Bike MS - Bike to Create a World Free of MS

In support of our community San Diego Roller Derby's charity of the month is the MS Bike Bay to Bay (Rehab United Bike MS Team) on October 22nd during our game vs. the OC Roller Girls.
The Rehab United Bike MS Team began in 2005 with 6 riders - since then has grown to nearly 40 riders annually and raised over $100,000! Riding 100-150 miles is nowhere near as difficult as confronting a lifetime with multiple sclerosis. The National Multiple Sclerosis Society gives us all reason to hope, though; in addition to supporting novel research projects around the globe, they provide much needed education, programs, and services to everyone who is affected by MS - including the diagnosed, their friends and families, and the healthcare professionals who work with them.
Bike MS Bay to Bay tour supports the National MS Society's mission to create a world free of multiple sclerosis, the most common neurological disorder leading to disability in young adults. Every hour in the United States, someone is newly diagnosed with MS, an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are moving us closer to a world free of MS. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with more than twice as many women as men being diagnosed with the disease. MS affects more than 450,000 people in the U.S., and 2.5 million worldwide.

Visit support this great cause! Any amount helps!