Team Karlie is a project that began in 2009 when BMS health room technician Jeff Miller and special services teacher Amanda Owen were inspired to lead the entire school family in collecting donations to purchase a special “running stroller” that then-BMS student Karlie Hempel could ride so she could experience the thrill of participating in races. Since then, the project has expanded to include other local riders, with eight running strollers provided to date.
BMS Principal Dane Ferguson said, “My staff and I are excited about celebrating something that started here at BMS and has grown to receive national recognition. Team Karlie was something our BMS staff had a tremendous impact in starting. BMS staff supported and encouraged Team Karlie in so many ways – financially, by donating money and resources to purchase the team’s first special-use jogging stroller; emotionally, by caring and encouraging our students to accept one another and look past the differences; socially, by sharing the news and excitement of the opportunity from the very beginning; and physically, by cheering them on at races, running with them and so much more.”
Karlie Hempel, the original inspiration for Team Karlie; her mother Kathy, who continues to spearhead Team Karlie projects; and other members of the team will be in attendance at this screening. Founding members of the local organization were invited to appear on the show as part of a segment about people inspired by marathon runner Dick Hoyt and his son Rick, who have participated in races across the country. Rick, like Karlie, has cerebral palsy. Karlie is now a student at Apollo High School.
Information provided by Lora Wimsatt
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