Here at A Child’s Joy, we absolutely love being involved in our community. Every year, sometimes twice a year, a guy named Jesse calls us up to order a dunk tank for his event. He organizes the Special Olympics for Arizona and we not only value his business, but look forward to his event every year!
Jesse is a pretty busy guy but, we were lucky enough to get a quick interview with him, check it out!
How long have you worked with the Special Olympics and what do you do specifically?
Healthy Athletes work to improve access to health care for Special Olympics Arizona athletes, through event based screening. Special Olympics Arizona currently offer health screenings in Podiatry, Physical Therapy, Health Promotion (Health and Wellness), Sports Physicals, Optometry, Audiology, and Sports Psychology.
Healthy Athletes also make referrals to local health practitioners when appropriate, as well as train healthcare professionals and students about the needs and care of people with intellectual disabilities. All this data is collected and analyzed to improve health policies and programs for people with intellectual disabilities.
What is the best thing about your job? “The best thing about my job is that I am making a difference in these athletes lives by improving their health.”
Describe the event that you use A Child’s Joy dunk tanks for… “I use the dunk tanks to entertain athletes at my screening’s, where Special Olympics Arizona staff and key volunteers are dunked. It’s really fun.”
Who doesn’t like to watch someone get dunked?!
We believe it’s really important to give back to your community. The Special Olympics is a great cause and we are proud to be a part of it. If you are looking for ways to be more involved, visit the Special Olympics website. They are always on the lookout for stellar volunteers such as yourself!
Come play with us!
Jim and Laurie Prendergast