Butler Community College staff are working to make the Grizzly Adventure Course accessible to those with handicaps.
To aid in those efforts, the Felix A. Cantrell, Jr. Charitable Trust donated $9,983 to the program.
“We’re going to do some renovations to be more accessible to those physically and mentally challenged,” said Shane Steinkamp, director of Grizzly Adventures.
In addition to changes on the course, the money also will be used to provide scholarships for those taking part in the program.
“The goal is to be done by mid-May,” Steinkamp said.
Almost 3,000 people go through the challenge course each year from members of corporations to third and fourth graders.
It is a team-building experience through a variety of activities on the challenge course. They focus on growth in areas such as teamwork, strategy, decision making, problem solving, communication, goal setting, trust, leadership and individual growth.
The Trust Committee members felt this program would be a good fit for the donation. The trust was established by Ms. Jeanette Rudy in June 1998.
Distributions from the Trust are used for such charitable purposes that provide – directly or indirectly – aid and assistance to handicapped individuals, or to organizations or entities established to provide aid and assistance to handicapped individuals in Butler County and particularly the city of El Dorado.
To date, the Trust has gifted more than $159,000 to more than 40 applications for assistance.
Those gifts have purchased a variety of equipment to assist and improve accessibility for individuals, and resources to make physical improvement to homes and public facilities, including Coutts Museum of Art, Butler County History Center, Summit Park, BG Products Veterans Sports Complex Children’s Recreation Area, and BCC Grizzly Adventure Course.
“Ms. Rudy was a wonderful lady with a vision for how she could improve the lives of those with special needs in El Dorado and Butler County,” said Ed Gard. “Her foresight of creating and funding a charitable trust will continue to provide significant benefit for years to come.”
Trust committee members include Gayle Arnett, Neil Buckman, Ed Gard, Jean Plummer, and Stan Seymour.