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GiGi’s Playhouse launches ‘Step to Accept Challenge’ to spread message of acceptance


Above / GiGi’s Playhouse will host “Step to Accept Challenge,” a virtual run-walk-ride set for Sat., June 6, 2020, at your place to spread message of acceptance and understanding. (Photo courtesy GiGi’s Playhouse)

GiGi’s Playhouse Down Syndrome Achievement Centers launched GiGi’s Step to Accept Challenge, a virtual run-walk-ride designed to send a message of acceptance for all. On Sat., June 6, teams from 60 GiGi’s Playhouses will take to the streets, parks, bike trails and basement treadmills, set on amassing 7 million “steps to accept,” enough steps to span the entire United States. The challenge invites supporters of acceptance, in all its forms, to join the effort by signing up online to begin logging their steps from their favorite place.

Funds raised through GiGi’s Step to Accept Challenge will enable the nonprofit to continue its mission of providing free life-changing therapeutic and educational programming, including GiGi’s at Home Virtual Programming, for more than 25,000 individuals with Down syndrome. Launched within days of the devastating closure of 48 GiGi’s Playhouse locations nationwide, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, GiGi’s at Home currently offers 28 national and more than 100 local chapter LIVE programs weekly, along with more than 150 On Demand videos.

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Purposeful GiGi’s at Home

Purposeful GiGi’s at Home content is targeted for infants to adults, addressing one-on-one math and literacy tutoring to fitness (GiGiFIT), art, music, dance, cooking and social skills. In just five weeks, there have been more than 150,000 visits to the GiGi’s at Home website, with more than 300 new families signing up to participate in GiGi’s programming.

Click (here) for more about GiGi’s Step to Accept Challenge

GiGi’s Step to Accept Challenge culminates at 11AM CST on Sat., June 6. Following warm-ups and inspirational remarks, step-off will take place at 11:15AM. Register to support Fox Valley for the Step to Accept Challenge or make a donation at steptoaccept.org.

Registrations are $21 per adult and $10 for children 12 and under. Free access to Virtual Coaching and the Strava fitness tracking app for monitoring and recording steps is available.

Story and photos submitted by Site Coordinator for Fox Valley GiGi’s Playhouse Down Syndrome Achievement Centers.

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