Nov. 21, 2001
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
The Florida State University women’s golf team, which appeared in the East Regional of the 2001 NCAA Tournament, regularly donates its time to the Dick Howser Center for Childhood Services as part of an expansive community service program sponsored by the FSU Department of Athletics. The members of the team spread cheer nearly every week to the children and individuals with disabilities who participate in the program.
The organization is named for the late Dick Howser, former Seminole baseball head coach and manager of the New York Yankees and Kansas City Royals. The center is a charitable organization that receives monetary support from the citizens of Tallahassee and its surrounding communities.
“Spending time with the children at the Howser Center is very rewarding for the members of our team, said sophomore Carrie Sordel. “We are fortunate to be able to get to know the children and in some cases make a difference in their lives. We are as happy to spend time with them, as they seem to be with us each time we go to the center. Visiting the center and playing with the children has become part of our weekly schedule. We plan our academic and practice schedules around the time we can spend at the center.”
The center began as a small parent group in 1974 and, 30 years later, serves most communities in the Big Bend area through preschool centers in Crawfordville, Monticello, Quincy and Tallahassee. The centers offer a variety of services for young children, including childcare, educational services and early intervention.
Children with special needs can receive physical, occupational, speech and audiological therapy services. Among those enrolled are infants, toddlers and preschool students. In addition, children who have delayed development or have been diagnosed with medical or genetic conditions may by eligible to attend sessions at one of the center’s clinics.
“It’s very rewarding for us, as adults, to help brighten the lives of the children at the Howser Center,” said junior Kristin Tamulis. “We look forward to going to the center each week and having fun with the children. It is great to see their faces light up when we walk in the door. Just seeing the expressions on their faces makes the time we spend with them worth while to us.”
For more information about the Dick Howser Center, contact the administrative offices at (850) 671-3569. The administrative offices are located in Tallahassee.