Walkin' Roll Activities League, Inc is a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization
The Walkin’ Roll Activities League, Inc. supports and nurtures individuals with developmental disabilities of all ages by providing team building opportunities through T-Ball, swimming, dancing, game nights and other group activities. The focus of our league is to build self-esteem and confidence in individual performance in a nurturing atmosphere. Organized team sports and activities will provide opportunities for participation. Parental involvement is the key to our success. The Walkin’ Roll Activities League, Inc., a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization, is dedicated to ensure that all players be respected and their skills enhanced. But most of all, is that everyone has fun!
In the beginning…. there was an annual T-ball game sponsored by Catawba County Mental Health’s Early Childhood Intervention Services (ECIS). Then, in 1994, the Hickory Crawdads came to town…and teamed with Catawba County Mental Health and Conover School’s Blueprints of a Dream to develop four teams of players and buddies (players’ helpers) who enjoyed a seven-week season culminating with the final game at L.P. Frans stadium (home of the Hickory Crawdads).
In 1996, a Winter bowling league formed. The bowling league has grown in popularity over the years. And in and around the year 2000, a Summer bowling group emerged. We added swimming and a choir.
We have obtained the use of a building in Granite Falls that we call the Walkin’ Roll Activities Center. It is here that we now offer Game Night on the 2nd and 4th Friday of every month year-round! Game Night is a time to socialize and fellowship over light refreshments. We have board games and some materials for art projects. We have Bingo where everyone wins 3 times and gets a prize off the table. Sometimes we have special guests that mix up this event, but always are assured to have fun.
Now, it is the year 2019. Looking back over the last 25 years, we can see that friendships have formed and families have grown up in the league. Our number of players and families have increased tremendously. Young players that played the games in the first few seasons are now coaching the next generation. Its hard to say exactly how many players participate in our events, because some play t-ball, but do not bowl. Some bowl and sing, but do not swim. Some swim and play t-ball, but do not bowl. We estimate that 250 players have participated in our league int he past year and I can say that we have 115 t-ball players in the 2019 T-ball season.