Children of all abilities are invited to attend a free event at Leo’s Landing, an inclusive playground at Saluda Shoals Park, from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, March 21.
The kick-off celebration honors the creation of Limitless Purpose, a new statewide nonprofit organization working to help all children reach their limitless potential, regardless of any disability or disadvantage they may have. The event will feature activities, a DJ and family-friendly vendors, as well as access to the inclusive playground that has something fun for every child.
The organization is inspired by the story of Lila Mozingo and her family’s efforts to have her taught in an inclusive learning environment. Because of their own struggle with the systems and services intended to serve their daughter, they wanted to do something to help other families.
“From the day we received Lila’s diagnosis of Down syndrome, all we heard were the limits she would face,” said Padgett Mozingo, Lila’s mom. “But we chose to believe Lila could be limitless if we loved, supported and challenged her. We know every child has a gift, a talent, something only they can contribute to their community and our world. But the adults around them must help each child discover and nurture their gift.”
Unfortunately, more children today face barriers to success than ever before, says Mozingo. A lack of resources and opportunities prevent them from being all they can be in life. In many situations, children with disabilities or special needs are held back by the very systems and services intended to help them.
“An incredible group of people have come together as volunteer board members to help determine ways Limitless Purpose can meet the needs of children,” Mozingo said. “Providing summer incentives, events and other opportunities are the first steps.”
Inaugural board members are Mary Pat Baldauf, Sandra D. “Danni” Bloom, Cindy Coker, Mila Burgess-Conway, Ann Dalton, Jerry C. Deese, Tess Ellis, Rushondra James, Jessica Kline, Leslie McKenzie Padgett Mozingo, Laura Serra and Peggy Walker. Dr. Deborah Greenhouse is an advisory member.
Inaugural sponsors include: BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina; Mark Mozingo, Keller Williams Realty-Columbia; Bright Start, LLC; Madison Insurance Group, Inc.; Resource Financial Services, Inc.; Team Therapy, SC; Dunbar Funeral Home-Dutch Fork Chapel; Midlands Therapy Services, Inc. and Sprout Pediatrics, LLC. Sponsorships are still available. Visit LimitlessPurpose.org or contact Padgett Mozingo at [email protected] for details.
Limitless Purpose is a statewide nonprofit organization that works to help children reach their limitless potential.