Grizzly Adventures Course gets $10,000 boost to improve ADA accessibility accommodations

Butler’s Grizzly Adventures Challenge Course is on the way to becoming more accessible to those with physical limitations after receiving a nearly $10,000 grant from The Felix A. Cantrell, Jr. Charitable Trust last week.

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Course director Shane Steinkamp expects $5,500 of the requested money to go toward construction enhancements for the physically challenged and the other $4,500 will provide scholarships and develop outreach opportunities for some 100 area youth in grades 6 through 12 to participate in the Grizzly Adventures Challenge Course.

“Funding at this level will provide the needed enrichment to assure access and boundless participation for youth of all abilities,” Steinkamp said.

Steinkamp says there is a significant need for strong communication, decision making, conflict resolution, and leadership skills, which he feels the course provides for area youth.

“The Grizzly Adventures Challenge Course provides a comprehensive program to teach those skills and many more,” he said.  “This grant will expand the reach of our program and provide opportunities to develop workforce skills necessary today and tomorrow for area youth with physical limitations.”

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The Felix A. Cantrell, Jr. Charitable Trust was established by Ms. Jeanette Rudy in June 1998.  Distributions from the Trust are used for such charitable purposes that provide – directly or indirectly – aid and assistance to handicapped individuals, or to organizations or entities established to provide aid and assistance to handicapped individuals in Butler County and particularly the city of El Dorado.  To date, the Trust has gifted over $159,000 to more than 40 applications for assistance. Trust committee members consist of Gayle Arnett, Neil Buckman, Ed Gard, Jean Plummer and Stan Seymour.

“Ms. Rudy was a wonderful lady with a vision for how she could improve the lives of those with special needs in El Dorado and Butler County,” Gard said. “Her foresight of creating and funding a charitable trust will continue to provide significant benefit for years to come.”

The Trust’s gifts have purchased a variety of equipment to assist and improve accessibility for individuals, and resources to make physical improvement to homes and public facilities, including Coutts Museum of Art, Butler County History Center, Summit Park and BG Products Veterans Stadium Children’s Recreation Area.

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