The Cincinnati Parks Foundation Is Helping All Kids Be Well
Cincinnati Children’s is dedicated to improving outcomes for the kids and families we serve. That’s why we work with community partners, like the Cincinnati Parks Foundation, to help all children reach their full potential.
The be.well program, guided by our Division of Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy (OT/PT), offers fun, community-based recreation opportunities for kids with chronic or complex medical conditions—like our friend Colton.
Kids like him, who have conditions that limit physical capabilities, sometimes believe they can’t safely participate in certain physical activities. This program helps them learn they can adapt, overcome, push their limits and have fun!
“Colton’s potential is immeasurable,” says his mom Kendra. “And so is the difference that be.well is making in these kids’ lives. The fact that we have this in our own backyard is an amazing blessing.”
Through the program, Colton explores things like martial arts, skiing and rock climbing. Our experts help guide him to adapt activities in a safe space where he can play with friends, try new skills and build confidence.
“Our partnership with Cincinnati Parks is helping us bring these accessible, outdoor programs to local parks—giving more kids the chance to get involved,” says Jen Angeli, PhD, OT/PT, who leads the program.
Together with the Cincinnati Parks Foundation and generous donors, we can help kids discover that they can do more than they ever thought possible.