12th Annual Cranberry Sauce and Stuffing Classic 11-28-2015
AHA's 12th Annual Cranberry Sauce-n-Stuffin' Classic was a success! It was a beautiful day with great weather. The day was filled with an exciting football game, an awesome clinic for our athletes and some quality time spent together at the Green Parrot after. The Class of 2003 from CR North and CR South raised $700.00 for AHA!
AHA's 8th Annual Football Fun Night was held at Council Rock South High School on Friday, November 13th, 2015. With over 70 participants and over 250 high school, college, and adult volunteers it was a successful night! Everyone participating in fun events like face painting, passing, punting, and of course tackling. There were many hugs, smiles, and high fives seen throughout the night.
AHA would like to personally thank the coaches, players, families, and fans for supporting our AHA kids during this whole Showcase! We would also like to thank the high school volunteers who hosted our honorary captains at each game. A big thanks goes to the fine people from the Warminster Ice Rink! Barb, and Mr. John Gallo generously donated the ice time for these games to be played! And to the man who came up with this idea and who worked so hard to make this dream become a reality, Coach Eric Tye! Eric, you are a "Godsend," to our AHA kids and their families! THANK YOU for putting this together and thank you; Archbishop Wood, Central Bucks East, Council Rock North, North Penn, Souderton, and William Tennent for all you did for AHA!
The sense of camaraderie could be felt in the air at this year’s Athletes Helping Athletes Soccer Fun Day, hosted by the Pennsburys Girls Soccer Team. This event is always a favorite among athletes, volunteers, and families alike, and this year the spirit of friendship and community continued to grow. With support from cheerleaders and soccer players from surrounding high schools, the young ladies from Pennsbury and their coaches and families demonstrated the true mission of AHA, which is to create a world of broader acceptance for all. The fun continued as athletes, volunteers, and families were then invited inside the Pennsbury cafeteria for lunch and snacks. The magic of the day, as is the case with any AHA event, lies in the visible friendships that it inspires and the lasting bonds that it creates. AHA is profoundly grateful to all who participated in any way, and we look forward to a lasting partnership for a long time to come.
Pirates, superheroes, princesses, and more! There were many exciting Halloween costumes to be seen at the Archbishop Wood Halloween Fest. The night was filled with pumpkin painting, dancing, and more! Everyone danced the night away as new friendships were formed. Thanks to the planning and enthusiasm of the Archbishop Wood community, the AHA Halloween Dance was a monster mash of a party that thrilled guests and volunteers, and everybody is anxiously awaiting next year’s Halloween celebration.
Athletes Helping Athletes held their 7th annual football fun night at Council Rock South High School on Friday, November 14th, 2014. With over 80 participants and over 200 volunteers, it was another successful and fun night! The athletes enjoyed participating in several events including, punting, throwing, tackling, and face painting. The night was filled with smiles, laughter, high fives, and hugs. It is through Athletes Helping Athletes that many new friendships were formed and other bonds were strengthened.
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Groups of our favorite AHA athletes and volunteers had an exciting opportunity recently to spend time learning about some furry, four-legged athletes. The first ever series of AHA Equestrian Fun Days was held on two Sunday mornings in April. Participants were lucky enough to get up close and personal with therapy horses, exploring the benefits that therapeutic riding has to offer. The riding centers and their employees and volunteers planned and led athletes through a series of learning activities, such as a grooming session, a horse craft, and a "horseless horse show," in which athletes pranced and galloped around the horse arena and performed for their friends and family. The Equestrian Fun Day events, held at Ivy Hill Therapeutic Equestrian Center, Pegasus Riding Academy, Special Equestrians, and Parkwood Therapeutic Riding Center, were made possible through a grant that AHA received from Foundations Community Partnership, and the events are aimed at exposing our athletes to the world of therapeutic riding. For many attendees, this was the first time they had been so close to one of these amazing animals, and their amazement and enthusiasm gleamed in their smiles throughout the day.
Check out some of the fantastic photos from the day on Facebook:
Athletes Helping Athletes held their annual basketball fun night at Council Rock South High School and once again it was a great night with amazing people. With record numbers of over 90 participants and over 150 volunteers, the gym was filled with athletes enjoying basketball drills, shooting, dribbling, and face painting. The gym was a sea of smiles, laughs, and high fives. The friendships that were created and the existing bonds that were strengthened, through Athletes Helping Athletes, make these events more memorable.
AHA Spring Training Day / Baseball Fun Day 03-09-2014
The weather outside may still be a bit frightful, but inside the Extra Innings baseball facility in Bensalem on March 9, 2014, it was nothing short of delightful. The fine folks at Extra Innings once again opened their doors to the many smiling faces of our AHA kids, their parents, and our dedicated high school and community volunteers for a morning of skills practice, camaraderie, and of course fun. Stations were set up all around the indoor baseball practice facility, and players traveled in teams that were named after those in the Major Leagues. Participants arrived with bats and gloves, ready to get in some early Spring Training, which was a welcome event at the tail end of what has felt like a relentlessly cold, snowy winter. Sluggers honed their skills in pitching, catching, batting, and fielding drills with coaches and friends of AHA, who volunteered their time and baseball knowledge to create an atmosphere that felt as warm and inviting as Clearwater! As players and volunteers gathered for a massive group photo at the end of the event, the friendships and sportsmanship shone the brightest, through genuine smiles, exuberant high-fives, and wholehearted embraces. The Athletes Helping Athletes community and all of those who took part in the day hit another home run with this one.
On Saturday, January 4th, BigHeads Pub in Richboro became AHA's Party Central Headquarters. The E-A-G-L-E-S were on the big screen (and unfortunately lost their first-round playoff game to the Saints), but nothing could dampen the spirits of the nearly 200 people that came out to just have a good time.
Bayshore Drive - as always - cranked out the tunes and were joined onstage by Mr. Liam Wigginton. Yes, the Bucks County Admirals hockey player joined the band for a couple of Beatles songs.
Next time there is one of the great nights planned, be sure to grab a ticket and come have some fun!
Athletes Helping Athletes would like to extend a debt of gratitude to the many volunteers, participants, and generous providers for helping make this year’s annual AHA Football Fun Night, held on November 15 at Council Rock South High School, another rousing success. Football players from 8 of our affiliated high schools, including Archbishop Wood, Central Bucks South, Council Rock South, Council Rock North, LaSalle College High School, Archbishop Ryan, Neshaminy, and Pennsbury, played hard at a variety of skills stations throughout the night. The more than 55 AHA athletes who participated in the night were able to practice drills and skills such as tackling, kicking, and passing with the talented and caring football player volunteers. Cheerleaders from Archbishop Wood and Council Rock South also lent their talents to the evening’s festivities, encouraging and entertaining athletes and their families. Bringing in more than 90 student and adult volunteers, this annual event continues to grow and be a highlight of the Athletes Helping Athletes events calendar. Our AHA athletes experienced the thrills of the gridiron and stood side-by-side with some of the local athletes whom they look up to, and it is accurate to say that the volunteers hold our enthusiastic AHA athletes in the same high regard.
Smiling ghosts and high-fiving ghouls can only mean one thing – it’s a Halloween party! Sometimes there is nothing that does more to lift one’s spirits than an opportunity to dance the night away, and the students and staff at Archbishop Wood provided just such an opportunity for our AHA athletes recently when they hosted the Athletes Helping Athletes Halloween Dance. In addition to raising spirits, the event turned up many ghosts, goblins, superheroes, and favorite characters in the many creative costumed creatures that roamed the dance floor. More than 60 AHA kids and many volunteers made it a night of spooky fun, filled with pumpkin painting and music to move everyone’s feet. The dance was a wonderful chance to take athletic abilities to a whole new level as dancers, strutting their stuff with their friends and enjoying Halloween-themed snacks and decorations. Thanks to the planning and enthusiasm of the Archbishop Wood community, the AHA Halloween Dance was a monster mash of a party that thrilled guests and volunteers, and everybody is anxiously awaiting next year’s Halloween celebration.
The sense of camaraderie could be felt in the air at this year’s Athletes Helping Athletes Soccer Fun Day, hosted by the Archbishop Ryan Girls Soccer Team. This event is always a favorite among athletes, volunteers, and families alike, and this year the spirit of friendship and community continued to grow. With support from cheerleaders and soccer players from surrounding high schools, the young ladies from Archbishop Ryan and their coaches and families demonstrated the true mission of AHA, which is to create a world of broader acceptance for all. The event featured a DJ who played motivational music as our athletes and their buddies moved throughout a series of ten skills stations. The face painting station added to the festive feel of the day, and it provided a lot of laughs on the field. The skills station rotations culminated with a huge group photo, in which friends, new and old, embraced and smiled in unison. The fun continued as athletes, volunteers, and families were then invited inside the Archbishop Ryan cafeteria for lunch and snacks. The magic of the day, as is the case with any AHA event, lies in the visible friendships that it inspires and the lasting bonds that it creates. AHA is profoundly grateful to all who participated in any way, and we look forward to a lasting partnership for a long time to come.
It was a night of smiles, sports, and success as the students, staff, and families of Villa Joseph Marie High School hosted the Spring Athletes Helping Athletes Fun Night on the school’s campus. The indoor and outdoor stations allowed our athletes and their families to enjoy the beautiful weather as they learned new skills and made new friends throughout the evening. The many athletes that Ms. Jackie Newns, Ms. Amanda Wajert, and the rest of the Villa community welcomed to this event grinned widely from ear to ear the entire time, and those smiles lasted well beyond their car rides home that evening. The student-athletes of Villa and Archbishop Wood provided an opportunity for our athletes to try their hands at football passes, soccer kicks, and hand-eye-coordination games with friends and family, while also filling each of them with pride and joy in his or her own accomplishments. For this, we are incredibly grateful and proud of each and every one of the members of Villa Joseph Marie, and Archbishop Wood. We look forward to many more fun events and connections to come in the future.
Take a look at the photos from this fantastic event here:
The largest and most exciting Athletes Helping Athletes sports fun night of the year was a rousing success once again in 2013. Basketball Fun Night drew a bigger-than-ever, enthusiastic crowd of our AHA athletes and their families, and the many volunteers who came out in support of this wonderful event made it all possible. Volunteers led teams of our athletes through a variety of skills stations, such as passing, shooting, and dribbling. Beyond the basketball skills, our volunteers and our athletes gave each other the gifts of friendship and sportsmanship, as hugs and high-fives were passed around at every stop. Each and every person, from the little tykes to the “big kids”, who attended Basketball Fun Night came away inspired and grateful for the experience.
Take a look at the photos in our Facebook gallery below:
With over 60 athletes participating, 2013 Spring Training Day was a resounding success! High-fives, smiles and laughs were all around as proud parents watched players, coaches and volunteers from local high schools lead their children through drills and skills of baseball fun.
A special thanks to Extra Innings Batting Cages in Bensalem for hosting such a great event, PCA, Triple D Screen Printing for the hats and shirts and Wilson Sporting Goods for the extra-special gift bags for every participant!
Our recent Fun Night with our newest high school could only be thought of as a night of magic. Magic as in when you can feel the smiles on the faces of children… Magic as in when you see children do things that they usually have difficulty doing… Magic as in when you can see a child’s self-esteem rise right before your eyes...
Our AHA & Villa Joseph Marie Academy’s Fun Night was magical. At every station and in every inch of the gym there were smiles, high fives and hugs!
You couldn’t tell who was having more fun: the kids or their buddies and station leaders!
Close to 80 Villa girls volunteered for something they really didn’t know what was about to happen…and that word magic crept back into the picture.
Before you look at all of the pictures we wanted to leave you with a quote from a father of one of the boys that attended the event:
“THANKS TO ALL THOSE INVOLVED, it warms my heart to know that there are young people out there who are willing to help these kids with special needs...My wife and I are so grateful...”
Enjoy the pictures and thank you Villa Joseph Marie Academy, especially Senior Madison Conway, and Campus Minister, Jaclyn Newns who put this all together!
Please feel free to view the photos on Facebook here.
Football Fun Night 11-09-2012
On Friday November 9th we held our annual AHA Football Fun Night. We had a great surprise for everyone as Jamar Chaney of the Philadelphia Eagles attended and helped work in some of our stations. Jamar also brought along the high-energy mascot of the Eagles, Swoop, plus two Eagles Cheerleaders. It was a great night indeed!
Student-athletes from Archbishop Ryan, Archbishop Wood, CR North, CR South, Pennsbury and William Tennent High School’s acted as station leaders and buddies. Volunteering their time on a Friday night says a lot about these young men and women.
On October 14th the Archbishop Ryan Girls Soccer team hosted our 2nd Annual AHA Soccer Fun Day. Players from Archbishop Ryan Boys & Girls, Council Rock North Boys & Girls, Council Rock South Girls, Pennsbury Girls demonstrated their desire to create a world of broader acceptance by serving as volunteers for the day. They either manned the stations or acted as “buddies” for the kids. All the while, the cheerleading squads from Archbishop Ryan and Archbishop Wood cheered for everyone!
Over 60 children and young adults showed off their soccer skills! And, we had even more volunteers than participants!
After the soccer, the Ryan Girls team hosted a luncheon for everyone!
Please check out the photos from this incredible day here:
The Archbishop Ryan Girls basketball team also held a car wash for AHA during the Soccer Fun Day raising over $500.00 for our organization! To view photos, please click here.
Basketball Fun Night 03-30-2012
Wow. What a wonderful night. Our biggest event of the year. We ordered 115 Purple and Yellow volunteer tee shirts and they were gone well before our 7 PM start time, as many more volunteers poured into the Council Rock South Gym. We had more than 70 very special players participate. On an evening that was kicked off with a rousing rendition of our National Anthem sung powerfully and sweetly by one of our participants.
With the help from the coaches and players from the men's and women's teams from seven local high schools, including Archbishop Ryan, Archbishop Wood, Bensalem, Central Bucks West, Council Rock North, Council Rock South, and Neshaminy. Plus Cabrini College’s Women’s Basketball, Delaware Valley College, and two young ladies who drove down from Penn State to be a part of this incredible evening as the players ran through 10 stations of fun and drills for 90 minutes. We did not need extra lighting as the smiles from both the players, and the volunteers “lit up” the gym! There were high fives, hugs, and shouts of encouragement witnessed throughout the night…
Afterwards, each athlete received a medal and was presented with (through the extremely generous donation from Wilson Sporting Goods) a brand new basketball by one of our wonderful volunteers.
Thank you to one and all for a fabulous night!
Please check out our Facebook Photo Galleries to view the 600+ photos from this wonderful event. Stay tuned for our upcoming video.
Spring Training Baseball Day 03-11-2012
With over 60 athletes participating, 2012 Spring Training Day was a resounding success! High-fives, smiles and laughs were all around as proud parents watched players, coaches and volunteers from local high schools lead their children through drills and skills of baseball fun.
A special thanks to Extra Innings Batting Cages in Bensalem for hosting such a great event, PCA, Triple D Screen Printing for the hats and shirts and Wilson Sporting Goods for the extra-special gift bags for every participant!
For a glimpse at some photos from this fantastic event, please visit one our Facebook galleries: Gallery 1 and Gallery 2.
Football Fun Night 11-11-2011
On Friday, November 11th about 50 of AHA's finest athletes gathered at Council Rock South High School for an evening of Football Fun!
Surrounded by just as many volunteers from several of AHA's participating schools including CR North, Pennsbury, Archbishop Ryan and Archbishop Wood the athletes participated in many events to advance their football pedigree such as passing, kicking, punting and tackling. A great time was had by everyone in attendance!
Someone must have, because we're getting way too lucky with the weather! Again, pouring rain for days only to stop 2 days before the outing and to reveal gorgeous, warm blue skies with some difficult (but not muddy) fairways and greens.
We, again, had another sellout crowd of 136 golfers at Five Ponds Golf Course in Warminster, PA and would like to say THANK YOU!!! to all of the sponsors, golfers and to Five Ponds for a great day! We're looking forward to our 2012 Golf Outing... typically when the Eagles have their first bye week. So, keep your eye on their calendar!
To view the photo gallery for the 10th Annual AHA Benefit Golf Outing, please view our Facebook Album.
1st Annual Soccer Fun Day 10-16-2011
On Sunday, October 16th over 50 kids joined the men and women's teams from CR North and South, Archbishop Wood and Pennsbury at Archbishop Ryan High School at Athlete Helping Athlete's first Soccer Fun Day!
The tri-captains of Archbishop Ryan's ladies' soccer team did an absolutely wonderful job of organizing this event - from planning the stations for all of the athletes, getting sponsors and t-shirts made and setting up a lunch for everyone involved after the event was complete! A very heartfelt and special thank you goes out to you and your teammates for all of the hard work and compassion.
There was rain, wind, and 40-degree temperatures for days all leading up to AHA's first dip into having a 5k. Everyone was tense. But then, the skies all cleared and sun shined brightly to reveal a beautiful and warm fall day where over 200 people came by Tyler State Park in Richboro, PA to participate in the Great Strides 5k Run & 1 Mile Walk!
Again, volunteers from many of our participating schools stopped by to help out and there were many familiar faces out to enjoy a beautiful walk or test themselves against the steep hills of the 5k course.
As one of our few fundraisers throughout the year, we'd like to say THANK YOU to each and every one of you for everything that you do for creating a world of broader acceptance for all.
To view the photo gallery for the Great Strides 5k Run & 1 Mile Walk, please view our Facebook Album.
Archbishop Ryan Car Wash 06-18-2011
The Ladies Basketball Team of Archbishop Ryan held a car wash that benefited Athletes Helping Athletes on Saturday, June 18th and raised $529.47!!!
We would like to say THANK YOU to Coach Hartzell and her team for taking time out to think about others. What a great thing to do. We are so lucky to have you on our team!
We'd also like to thank Washington Savings Bank for their generosity in allowing the use of their facilities for the day.
On Saturday, May 7th at the Northampton Tennis & Fitness Club, AHA held our 2nd Annual Tennis Fun Night.
We would like to thank the Council Rock North Girls' and Boys' Tennis Teams for volunteering their time to teach our Athletes how to play tennis! It was an awesome night and a fine end to our 2010-2011 School Year of Events!!!
We would especially like to thank Council Rock North's Tennis Coach Paul Wysocki, Athletics Director Dan Greisbaum, Greg Parker and all of the student volunteers for coming out and making the night so special for all of our athletes.
Wow. What a wonderful night. Our biggest event to date. We had more than 70 players and 100 volunteers. Yes, you read that right: ONE HUNDRED. That is more than one volunteer for every particpant. There aren't many organizations that are lucky enough to say that they are flooded with people that want to help out... But, wow, thank you.
With the help from the coaches and players from the men's and women's teams from 5 local high schools (including Council Rock North and South, Neshaminy, Archbishop Wood and Archbishop Ryan) the players ran through 10 stations of fun and drills for 90 minutes.
Afterwards, each athlete received a medal and was presented with (through the extremely generous donation from Wilson) a brand new basketball by one of our wonderful volunteers.
Suburban One Sports was there to document the event. They were overly kind in their words and actions: taking pictures and wrote an article about the evening. They even turned the photos into a video - all of which you can find here:
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