We asked Variety parents how therapeutic bicycles helped their kids. Their responses amazed us!

Jacob gets a new adaptive bicycle from Variety the Children's Charity of St. Louis.

One of the toughest things about growing up with a disability is the way it can force a child to the sidelines. When basic physical movements are a challenge, active play becomes intimidating. In the end, the barriers to a child going out and just having fun can become more psychological than physical.

At Variety, we've found that one of the most effective ways to surpass this barrier is... Continue Reading »

Fri, 07/18/2014 - 17:16
The Variety Adventure Camp "I CAN!" Awards for Session 3

Variety Adventure Camp presents "I CAN" awards to Variety children with disabilities at its annual summer camp.

During every session of Variety Adventure Camp, our counselors select campers who have embodied Variety's motto of "I CAN!"

These six youngsters brought an admirable commitment, enthusiasm and courage to our third week of Adventure Camp. Check out our Week 1 and Week 2 award winners, too. Congrats to all our campers — we have such a great group of kids this year!

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Mon, 07/14/2014 - 10:14
Former MLB stars Ozzie Smith and Kirk Rueter bring sizzle to Adventure Camp

Ozzie Smith, former St. Louis Cardinals player and Baseball Hall of Fame member, visits Variety Adventure Camp.

As soon as he stepped onto Catch-22 Miracle Field Thursday, there was a buzz around Ozzie Smith.

Even though all of our Variety Adventure Campers were born after Ozzie's retirement in 1996, they knew who he was. They'd seen the clips of his backflips, his acrobatic fielding and his clutch hitting as a member of the St. Louis Cardinals. They'd heard their parents speak about him with... Continue Reading »

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 16:21
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