Technology Learning Center Dedicates Playground for Disabled, Able-Bodied Children, Adults

TLC PlaygroundColton Flowers plays a musical instrument which is part of The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus’s new accessible playground in Long Beach. The playground, designed for both disabled and able-bodied children and adults, was developed by the university’s Technology Learning Center through a donation of $21,000 made by the Lions Clubs International Foundation to purchase equipment for the playground. The university held a ribbon cutting ceremony Dec. 4 to dedicate the new playground.

Dr. Walker, Dr. Lucas, and Santa were on hand to dedicate the new playground. Dr. Walker, Dr. Lucas, and Santa at the Playground dedication“This playground provides an opportunity for all kids, particularly children with disabilities, to have a place to play and be physically active,” said Dr. Royal Walker, executive director of the Southern Miss Institute for Disability Studies. “It is an excellent model of how a local partnership with such exemplary organizations as the Lions Clubs International Foundation and the university can serve collaboratively in providing support to the local community, including children with disabilities and their families.”

Written by Charmaine Williams Schmermund
Assistant Director of Public Relations for the Gulf Coast Campus