On March 15th the ISCD temporarily closed its gates and thankfully was able to reopen in June. Most of our programs have now resumed, and amazingly, the ISCD is as lively and busy as ever.
Our fears that many of our members would be afraid to return were shattered by the quarter-mile traffic jams on the street leading up to the Center on opening day. In fact, we have been averaging 400-500 entries per day, higher than summer 2019!
But things are not the same as they once were: it’s not the face masks, it’s not the health declarations or the thermometers, not even social distancing. It’s something deeper. It’s a sense of uncertainty, a feeling that anything can happen, and what seemed unimaginable just a few months ago became a reality in an instant.
Now, the ISCD is re-opening with greater financial needs than ever.
While we brace ourselves for the unknown, we also work hard to embrace hope and optimism. The ISCD Community is made up of children and adults who have been through hardships in life, some were injured in accidents, some were born with disabilities, some were injured in other unfortunate events, and all are role models. Their spirit can and does set the standard for the world today.
To meet the immediate needs of the Center, the AFISCD established an Emergency Relief Fund. Donations of all levels are welcome and will be used to offset the loss of income incurred during the closure and to cover the additional expense related to the compliance of new health and safety regulations. May all our athletes continue to go from strength to strength.
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