Echoes of the Boston Marathon Bombing of 2013 still ring out through the city, especially when the marathon rolls around again each year. But now, two years removed from the tragedy, many of those that were scarred in some way have moved on.
One of those people is Jane Richard, who has recently helped organize a swimming program that was specifically designed to meet the needs of children with disabilities. Working with the Boston Police, Jane is proud of the Challenger Division Swim Program—a swimming program that is also a part of the Boston Inclusion Network for Disabilities (B.I.N.D).
Richards was at the marathon in 2013 and lost her leg in the bombing. Her brother was also there, ultimately losing his life.
The program recently kicked off successfully thanks to Jane and the help of the Boston PD. Officers were on hand at the first meet, handing out towels and cheering on the swimmers. Willian Evans, the Boston Police Commissioner was in attendance for the first meet of the season, along with a special events supervisor and a deputy.
While the police department has been the driving force behind the team, Jane has been a contributor as well.
This is another example of how those affected by tragedy can quickly come to find out how good life can be. And through these children being involved in this great swimming program, others get to see their talent and success.
About Boston Inclusion Network for Disabilities (Project B.I.N.D.)
Project B.I.N.D. is an initiative at Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester specifically designed to encourage the educational and social enrichment and advancement of children with special needs throughout Dorchester and the surrounding neighborhoods. Together with a network of partners, Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester will provide access to exceptional after school programs and activities while nurturing the full inclusion of children of all abilities in such activities. Project B.I.N.D. will also provide a support network for families and will engage in advocacy work around inclusion.