More than 1,000 riders will be taking part in Saturday’s 8th annual Owl Ride to benefit adults with disabilities in Nebraska. Mary McHale is the president of the Meyer Foundation for Disabilities and says proceeds from this event go to a great cause. She says those taking part are helping those with disabilities with recreational, social and life skill programs delivered through the University of Nebraska Medical Center’s Munroe-Meyer Institute.
McHale says, “This is to raise funds for adults with developmental disabilities so those 21 and over can take part in programs at the Munroe-Meyer Institute in their recreational therapy department. Once a person who is 21 and has developmental disabilities and ages out of the education system, the opportunities to do those recreational and social things decrease dramatically. We are all about making those opportunities available for those adults.”
McHale says since they started the Owl Ride they have been able to increase the number of programs available and that allows more individuals to be part of it. Some of the programs offered are art projects, cooking and swimming and other athletic activity.
Everyone is welcome to take part. The cost to participate ranges from $25 to $50. The official ride starts at 9 p.m. but there is an 8 p.m. Owlet Ride that lets younger kids on their bikes, trikes and big wheels join in the fun. Riders start at Lewis and Clark landing in Omaha and will take either a 7 or 17 mile course through the midtown area.
All Nebraskans are invited and urged to attend.