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Volney school welcomes Greg Callen

Leading her team to a victory in a relay race was Volney Elementary School student Patricia Milner. Volney Elementary School capped of March as perseverance month with a special visit by a local man named Greg Callen. Callen shared his personal journey following a tragic accident and how his journey helped him establish Move Along Inc. The relay race gave students at the school an opportunity to experience being a member of an inclusionary relay race team.
Leading her team to a victory in a relay race was Volney Elementary School student Patricia Milner. Volney Elementary School capped of March as perseverance month with a special visit by a local man named Greg Callen.

Volney Elementary School recognized March as perseverance month and welcomed a special visit by a local man who knows exactly what it means to persevere.

Eight years ago, Greg Callen survived a tragic accident that left him paralyzed from the waist down and bound to a wheelchair. Today, he thrives as a business professional and commits much of his time to helping individuals of all ages with disabilities through his non-profit organization, Move Along Inc.

As Volney’s guest of honor at the school’s March character education assembly, Callen spoke to students about his journey and how a positive attitude and a commitment to persevere helped him overcome challenges and obstacles to achieve his goals.

An avid athlete with a passion for many sports, Callen shared with the students how in the face of adversity, he is still able to participate in the recreational activities he’d always enjoyed.

He demonstrated how he enjoys bicycling using a hand-cycle, how a customized wheelchair and a sled allow him to play basketball and ice hockey and how his organization, Move Along Inc., makes it possible for other individuals to be engaged in similar inclusionary recreational activities.

“Inclusion sports are for everyone. Winning or losing doesn’t matter. What you get out of a game is what matters most,” he said when he gave students at the school an opportunity to try the customized athletic equipment and be a member of an inclusionary relay race team.

He encouraged the students to face difficulties in their lives with the same principles that have helped him achieve his goals.

“Try to better yourself all of the time and remember we are all here to help one another,” he said.

‘MOVE 5K’ to be held

The kick-off party  for the second annual “MOVE 5K” will be held from 6-9 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 7, at the Office Tavern, 11 W. Seneca St., Oswego.

Hosted by “I Heart Oswego,” the fund-raiser will include food donated by the Office Tavern, entertainment and raffles. There is no cost to attendees but donations will be accepted throughout the evening.

Music at the event will be provided by singer-songwriter Melissa Sieling of Oswego. Sieling’s talents include playing the piano, flute and guitar and she enjoys performing her music at local venues with other music lovers.

She has been teaching adults and children of all ages and abilities for more than 20 years and her Pompey Hill studio is part of the National Federation of Music Clubs and the Central NY Association of Music Teachers.

Those attending the event can participate in 50/50 raffles along with the opportunity to take a chance on a variety of items donated by local businesses.

Founded in 2009 by Greg Callen, who is wheelchair bound himself, Move Along serves to provide accessible outlets for individuals with disabilities to achieve personal gratification, growth and integrity through participation and competition.

“The MOVE 5K is a joint fund-raising event whose proceeds benefit Move Along Inc. and the SUNY Upstate Medical University Physical Therapy Club,” Callen said.

“It includes a 5K certified trail run/walk around Green Lake and Round Lake and a wheelchair road race to raise funds and awareness for Move Along Inc.

“In addition to the 5-kilometer (3.1-mile) running and wheelchair events, there is a shorter fun run for kids.”

There is still time for participants to register and awards will be provided to the top three males and females in each age division and to the top three overall male and female finishers in the run/walk.

Those seeking more information or to register may go to www.ezracereg.com and click on the MOVE 5K button under featured events.