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UCP of Long Island Participant Gives Back to The Children’s Center
Oscar, a UCP of Long Island participant for over ten years, credits the agency in helping him to find his independence and to live Life Without Limits. He said that he wanted to give back to the organization in a special way. Every Friday, Oscar volunteers at The Children's Center at UCP of Long Island and works as an assistant coach to students.
"I came to the school one day in the summer and realized that I loved being around the children," said Oscar. "It's a lot of work, but I enjoy it."
Oscar assists Coach Chris Polhemus during gym classes. "He has been so helpful in setting up and interacting with the students," said Polhemus. "He is just a great guy and makes the classes more fun."
Assistant Principal Rose Brown agreed. "The children and the staff love Oscar," she said. "I think he is great role model to our students. They love to see him come in his wheelchair and then get out of the chair and start moving. That's very motivating to the students."
Oscar said that he is happy that he can give back to the organization that gave him so much. "UCP showed me that there is more out there for me," he said. "I love coming to the school, being around the children and making them happy."