FBC’s SHARP program provides opportunities for fun sports and recreation for the blind. SHARP is an adaptive recreation program designed for visually-impaired, school-age children! Our students participate in a variety of activities to help develop hobbies, talents, friends and to promote independence. We have been rock climbing, gone ice skating, and played sports. We do art projects, have cooking classes, and work on fitness.
Everything we do serves a purpose beyond just having fun. While participating in all these activities, students learn skills, make friends, and gain confidence. Playing sports helps develop motor skills, while things like cooking classes teach life-long skills. SHARP is a learning opportunity. If participants come to the program, they will be expected to try everything we do. When participants learn a new skill, they are encouraged to share it with the group and help someone else learn.
SHARP also helps get kids out of their comfort zones. In order to build the confidence needed to be a successful adult, they need to start trying new things early. We don’t really know what we like and don’t like until we give it a try, and SHARP provides opportunities to try everything from playing sports to going camping.