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Youth receive adaptive tricycles at annual tournament

By Staff | Dec 18, 2018

PHOTO PROVIDED Front front, from left, Aaron Zapata, Blake Nawrocki, Maximo Zapata, Garrison Betz and Sienna Gonzalez; back row, Fran Walenta, Jimmy Castle, David Essig, Grampy, Katie Betz, Bob Risch, Jack Johanneman and Claire Le Boulenge.

Robbie’s Riders, Grampy’s Charities and Sanibel Captiva Community Bank recently presented two adaptive tricycles – worth more than $2,000 – to Naples children.

The presentation took place at the 2nd Annual Grampy’s Pro-Am at Fiddlesticks Country Club.

The tournament was established 30 years ago by McDonald’s Owner and Operator Fred Frederic, founder of the Fort Myers Ronald McDonald House until his passing in 2015. At that time, Grampy’s Charities offered to coordinate it and raised more than $80,000 at the inaugural Pro-Am in 2017. The 2018 event raised $100,000 to benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southwest Florida.

Maximo Zapata, an 8-year-old with Down syndrome, and Emilio Alfonso Feal, a 6-year-old with Autism, received custom tricycles to assist with strengthening, new proprioceptive sensory input and improved reciprocal coordination of the legs. They can now participate in activities with their families and peers and enjoy the normal childhood experience of riding a bike.