On Saturday August 20th, 2022, Nick and the Awesome in Action team were lucky enough to participate in the first annual Kidchella event hosted by the City of Loveland.
This event featured live music and performances, vendors, games, activities and Awesome in Action’s booth.
Nick wanted to spread his message of inclusivity by creating adaptive carnival games that were accessible to people of all ability levels. Nick often finds that when he goes to carnivals and festivals, the games are not accessible for someone in a wheelchair or with limited mobility.
Nick and the team started off by planning what accessible games we would offer. After a lot of thought, the team came up with a fishing pond game, a “choose your door” game, and a sensory bin with prizes. Nick loved the idea of the fishing pond game and was so excited for this project!
The next step was to do some fundraising to help pay for the costs of materials for Kidchella. Thanks to very generous donors, Nick was able to raise funds to cover all of the expenses for the project including all of the materials for the games as well as prizes and candy.
Then the team had to purchase materials for the event.
Well, it turns out that being experts in ability awareness and advocacy didn’t translate into being handy with tools and building materials! Nick’s team, including his mom and dad, all put in a tremendous amount of effort to create the games. Nick and his job coach Liz spent an eventful day at Lowe’s purchasing plywood, hinges, and other supplies to create the games, and Nick thought it was very funny that Liz had no idea what she was doing in a hardware store!
But, true to Awesome in Action’s mission, we persevered and didn’t let our perceived limitations stop us from being successful!
Nick and the team created the games from scratch and were so proud of their teamwork and ingenuity.
The day of the event, Nick and the team set up their booth with the adaptive games, resources about services for those with different abilities in Larimer county, and Awesome in Action marketing materials. The wind couldn’t stop the team from having a great time.
The fishing pond game was a huge success, and there was a long line of kids waiting to play the entire day! The younger kids loved the sensory bin, and Nick had so much fun watching them dig around in the rice and find prizes.
Nick and the team offered adaptive “fishing poles” with large grips for those with limited mobility, using dowel rods and pool noodles. Talk about smart!
Overall the event was a huge success and proved that Nick and the Awesome in Action team truly face any new challenges with an open mind, sense of community and team work.
This event wouldn’t have been possible without the incredible donations from the community, and Nick can’t say “thank you” enough!
Nick wants to specifically thank his mom, dad, Carl, Audrey, Kelleen, Allee, and Anne for coming together and helping him create the games and man his booth. Nick would also like to thank Kerry Helke and her team with the City of Loveland for giving Awesome in Action the opportunity to participate!
We can’t wait for next year’s Kidchella festival!
This month Nick would like to recognize a couple of awesome individuals who advocate for those in the I/DD community.
Cindy Peak, MA.,CCC-SLP, has worked with Nick for many years at the Speech and Language Stimulation Center in Fort Collins as one of his speech and language pathologists. She has always helped Nick advocate for himself and learn new communication skills.
What you might not know about Cindy is that she loves the arts! Nick and Cindy share this passion for the arts and theater, and Cindy even performed at Nick’s 40th birthday celebration.
Cindy is the producer of the Awesome in Action documentary.
Cindy is a multi-faceted, talented, and caring person who truly embodies the spirit of Awesome in Action, working to spark a shift in her community.
Jaime Peak is Cindy’s daughter, and she shares talent and passion with her mom!
Jaime is a talented director who has worked with Nick to produce the Awesome in Action documentary about Nick’s life and work with Awesome in Action, that was featured at several film festivals.
She also studied in China for over a year and has a minor in both written and spoken Mandarin Chinese. How cool is that?
Nick says Jaime is an awesome person and that she makes him laugh!
Above all else, Nick considers Cindy and Jaime to be great friends, and he always looks forward to hearing about their adventures and sharing his own!