Lake Union Sea Ray is proud to be a Silver Sponsor for Athletes for Kids youth mentoring program. Athletes for Kids is a mentoring program that aims to build supportive mentor relationships between high school athletes and children with special needs. Since its founding in 2002, Athletes for Kids has helped over 1,400 children as well as the communities they reside in: Bellevue, Fall City, Issaquah, Kirkland, Mercer Island, Newcastle, Redmond, Renton, Sammamish, Snoqualmie, and Woodinville.

The beauty of a program like Athletes for Kids is the way it assists special needs children in all areas of their lives and also gives high school-aged young adults the ability to develop their skills and values, turning them into leaders, role models, and effective and important members of society. According to AFK, 86% of mentors saw changes in the communication skills of their mentee, and 95% of mentors felt they made a great impact in their buddy’s life.

Kevin Roggenbuck, President/CEO of Lake Union Sea Ray, said, “We are excited to be a sponsor for Athletes for Kids. Children are the future, and this program not only helps young children with special needs but also the high school students who mentor them and the communities in which they live. It is a privilege to be able to align ourselves with such an important, enriching organization.”

Being a sponsor allows us to get more involved in the communities we boat with. Our employees will have the opportunity to coordinate events for mentors and their buddies including but not limited to game days, arts and crafts, and movie days; put together and host mentor celebration dinners; help with office administration; write grants; and more!

You, our loyal blog readers, can get involved, too! Athletes for Kids offers many volunteer opportunities for youth and adults throughout the community. If you have a high school athlete in your family, see if they want to sign up to be a child’s buddy. If you are well versed in IT, see if AFK needs help with their website or anything else IT-related. Check out their website and fill out a volunteer form to see where you can help.

Keep an eye on our social media and AFK’s social media to see how your team at Lake Union Sea Ray is helping enrich the lives of children all over!

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