D.J. Gregoryâ€™s Walking For Kids Foundation presented a major gift of $26,000 to UCP of Central Florida. The presentation was made at UCPâ€™s downtown/Holloway campus at 10 a.m. on Tuesday morning, January 25, 2011.
Online PR News – 31-January-2011 – – Orlando, FLA. (January 31, 2011) â€“ D.J. Gregoryâ€™s Walking For Kids Foundation presented a major gift of $26,000 to UCP of Central Florida. The presentation was made at UCPâ€™s downtown/Holloway campus at 10 a.m. on Tuesday morning, January 25, 2011.
Ilene Wilkins, UCPâ€™s president and CEO, Mike Meadors, UCPâ€™s board chairman, and several children who attend UCP accepted the award from D.J. Gregory, founder of the Walking For Kids Foundation (WFKF) and Bill King, board member and treasurer of WFKF.
â€śOn behalf of all of the students, families, and team members of UCP, we are honored to receive this generous donation from the Walking For Kids Foundation,â€ť said Wilkins. â€śNot only is D.J. Gregory a great example of how children with special needs can make their dreams come true, but he is a generous, caring individual who is committed to helping others achieve so much.â€ť
D.J. created the Walking For Kids Foundation to help raise money for children's charities from coast to coast. In late 2010, the Foundation selected UCP of Central Florida as a recipient of the $26,000 gift.
â€śWhat motivated me to launch the Foundation and support organizations like UCP is that Iâ€™ve been able to achieve so much and make many of my dreams come true,â€ť said D.J. â€śIt is a special feeling to be able to give back and help others do the same. I want to share that with others.â€ť
According to Wilkins, this donation will help UCP continue to provide support, education and therapy to children in Central Florida.
In 2008, D.J. Gregory walked into the hearts of players and fans on the PGA TOUR by walking every round and every hole on the PGA TOUR. D.J. did it the hard way...with a cane. D.J. has cerebral palsy. When the journey came to the end in late 2008, D.J. had walked over 988 miles and followed 3,256 holes â€” from Hawaii to Orlando.
D.J. was noticed by players, fans, and people from around the world. He fell in love with golf at the age of twelve, when he first began watching the game on television and attending local tournaments with his dad. But unlike other golf fans, D.J. never dreamed of playing professionally, becoming a ranked amateur, or even a caddie. When D.J. was an infant, doctors told his parents that he would probably spend his life in a wheelchair because of cerebral palsy. But that didn't keep D.J. from trying to beat the odds; as a child he endured five surgeries and eventually learned to walk with a cane.
In late 2009, D.J. Gregory formed the Walking For Kids Foundation, which allows PGA TOUR Professionals and sports fans the opportunity to support several childrenâ€™s charities. There are numerous ways the Foundation raises money each year. Throughout the PGA TOUR season, players pick a tournament they are participating in and pledge money for each eagle and birdie they make that week. D.J. also holds a golf tournament each year where golf enthusiasts have the opportunity to play with PGA Tour players, celebrities and with D.J. himself. The Walking For Kids Foundation also receives numerous donations from people throughout the country who are inspired by D.J. and want to participate in his mission to help children. For more information, visit the You Tube link about D.J. and his inspirational story: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DUSHN5EB0v8
This is not a golf story. But a story that shows in life there are no limits.
ABOUT UCP OF CENTRAL FLORIDA: UCP of Central Florida is the experts for children with special needs and provides support, education, and therapy services for children, birth to age 21, with and without disabilities. Services are offered in the home as well at six locations throughout Central Florida: downtown Orlando, East Orlando near UCF, Kissimmee, Lake Mary, Pine Hills and Winter Garden. More than 2,400 children and their families received services provided by UCP last year. For more information, visit www.ucpcfl.org , visit www.facebook.com/ucpcentralflorida , or call (407) 852-3300.