February 17, 2017 – For two and a half weeks in San Antonio, the whole city is inundated with all things “Rodeo” – from cattle auctions and bull riding, carnival food and rides, to shops and shows – there’s something to do for everyone during the annual San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo.
Inflow alum, Angel R., volunteered his time to support Respite Care, a local organization that supports families who care for children with developmental disabilities.
On that Friday, Angel R. chaperoned a field trip to the Exceptional Rodeo: a Rodeo event geared towards kids with special needs. When they arrived, Whataburger provided them with free food and cowboy gear to wear. The group then had a hayride through the AT&T Center, where they were met by cheering crowds!
From there, the kids got to meet a professional bull rider who helped them through several activities, including bull riding, horse riding, rounding up cattle, and practicing lassoing.
The day concluded with pictures and trophies before the group headed back to the bus to go home.
We asked Angel why this event was important to him:
“I have a three-year-old Autistic boy. Needless to say, I have a very personal passion for events like this. It was heartwarming seeing the smiles and hearing the laughter of these special needs kids. It’s honestly small victories like this that makes it all worth it.”
Thank you, Angel, for supporting these kids and Respite Care.
Respite Care - Respite Care of San Antonio, Inc. was founded in 1987 to provide support for families caring for a child or loved one with developmental disabilities. The original mission, to enhance the stability and nurturing opportunities of these families, is fulfilled through the provision of community based and overnight shelter services designed to give short-term relief to participating parents. Multiple site-based and residential supports have been developed to provide temporary care for children with special needs, offering parents a break to spend time within their marriage, with other children within the family unit, and for themselves. http://respitecaresa.org/