Dec. 12, 2002
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
The Florida State cross country team donated $2,500 to the Dick Howser Center for Childhood Services, Inc. on Wednesday with money earned through a fund raising event. The Howser Center, named for the former FSU baseball coach, is a nonprofit agency dedicated to providing services for children and individuals with disabilities and their families.
On September 21, the FSU cross country team partook in the Across-the-State-Relay which is a 140-mile run across the state of Florida from Daytona Beach to Crystal River. The athletes were paired off during the relay and each pair ran between four and eight miles. Prior to the run, the runners were required to find sponsors so that the event could be a fund-raiser for local charities. Following the event, the Seminole team members voted on which charities to make donations to. The Howser Center was chosen along with Capital City Youth Services, which will receive its donation at the beginning of the New Year.
The Howser Center began operation in 1974 as a small parent group in Tallahassee and now serves most communities in the Big Bend area. To date, the agency operates developmental preschool centers in Gadsden, Leon, Jefferson and Wakulla counties. These centers are licensed childcare facilities that offer developmental intervention as well as therapy and other healing arts services. In addition, the Howser Center offers community based support such as respite care and personal care assistance for both children and adults with developmental disabilities. The Leon Center, located at 240 Mabry Street in Tallahassee, can be reached at 850/574-3906.