Fraternal Order of Police and Easter Seals make a winning team

The Fraternal Order of Police is a long-time contributor to the services at Easter Seals Metropolitan Chicago. On July 24, I participated in a Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) annual conference in Rock Island, Illinois to talk about the Therapeutic School and Center for Autism Research.

My presentation began with sharing to the FOP members my life story living with autism. I also talked about the importance of building Phase 2 of the school, which will be named the Fraternal Order of Police Therapy Pool and Gymnasium, because of the FOP’s charitable contributions to Easter Seals Metropolitan Chicago over the years.

The new gymnasium will have the amenities that will benefit individuals with autism. For example, it will consist of a therapy pool that would change temperatures to relax the muscles of each student. The fitness room will have a much bigger space for students and clients with a bench pressing station, weights and other equipment. It will also benefit those who are competing in Special Olympics.

The new project would take place during the 2010-11 fiscal year if the timing is right. I would like to thank FOP Easter Seals Committee Chairman Rocky Nowaczyk for inviting me to their conference. I would also like to thank all of the members of the Fraternal Order of Police for its continuous contributions to Easter Seals, and especially to Easter Seals Metropolitan Chicago. Together the Fraternal Order of Police and Easter Seals make a winning team!


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