Disability Connection hosts annual Arbor Day 5K Walk, Run, and Roll

On Saturday, Disability Connection and the Gulf Coast Running Club held their 33rd Arbor Day 5K Walk, Run, and Roll encouraging people with disabilities to enjoy the event.

Residents in the City of Biloxi walked, ran, and rolled through the streets in celebration of the 33rd Arbor Day 5K. This event is a way for those with disabilities to still get active and have some fun while doing it. Disability Connection Executive Director Janie O’Keefe wants those with disabilities to have the same opportunities as others. “Even if somebody has a physical or intellectual disability does not mean they don’t have the same dreams and desires as everyone of us.”

Ansley’s Angels of America helped out in the race, making sure everyone with a disability was paired up so they could participate in the race. Ansley’s Angels of America Ambassador Beth Victoriano said, “We provide an adaptive wheelchair and legs for someone who runs so that everybody can be included.”

Disability Connection gave people a second option this year due to the pandemic, allowing them to still register for the event, but they could participate from any location. “We have 100 people participating remotely from their schools and they will have the t-shirt, the medal, they are going to do the same event, they’re just not coming to the crowded event due to safety precautions.”

Emmy and Loxly Lawrence participated in the Arbor Day Run, both winning trophies in their age group, but the girls say this is not their first big win. “I have won like two first place and two second.” “Well, I like to run a lot too and I won like two trophies.”

Disability Connection’s goal with the Arbor Day 5K is to strengthen South Mississippi by developing programs, more events, and resource materials that will support a healthier community for everyone.

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