Sometimes in everyday life, we take the “little things” for granted. Things like walking on the beach, taking a hike up a mountain or even getting tickets to a ball game.
Eight years ago, I stopped taking the little things for granted.
You see, my husband, Mike Hudson, is a “wheeler.” You never really realize how underserved this group is until you roll along with them. There are still places they can’t go. There are still things they can’t do. And there’s still a stigma attached in society.
For those of you who know me throughout my credit union career, I’m sure you noticed a change in me over the past 10 years. Or at least… I hope you did! I hope you see someone who is more engaged in daily life and making the world a more accessible and accepting place for us all.
While you may know my husband, Mike, as “Mr. Parker” at credit union events, he is also the founder of a 501(c)(3) organization we lovingly call ROAR. ROAR stands for Rediscovering Outdoor Activities and Recreation, a nonprofit that works to “empower the disabled.” The basics of ROAR is that when someone has a life-altering event, he or she faces “new realities for living.” ROAR steps in and offers people memorable outdoor experiences and social events.
Hear more about ROAR and the Carolinas Clay Classic from ROAR founder Mike Hudson (Source: YouTube).
In 2018, Mike and I met Andrew Williams at the Carolinas Credit Union League’s Annual Meeting. In a “Godwink” moment, we found out that Andrew lives about 10 minutes from us and has a TREMENDOUS heart for service. It is Andrew who helped bring to fruition this new event we’re calling the Carolinas Clay Classic.
Set for April 23 at Rocky Creek Shooting Clays in Richburg, S.C., the Carolinas Clay Classic is a fun, skeet-shooting event to raise proceeds for ROAR. Event sponsors and supporters include the Carolinas Credit Union League, Carolinas Credit Union Foundation, CUNA Mutual Group, My CU Mortgage, Frost, and Vizo Financial.
I invite you to join us by signing up for your own skeet shoot team or as a volunteer. This is going to be a great networking event where you can learn more about “wheeler life.”