Student creates National Disability Awareness Month program on campus

By Sean Harvey ’10

October is National Disability Awareness Month in the United States and is now recognized at Lynn University. Alumni are welcome to attend and experience all events on campus.

Junior Stephanie Hammerman was born with a mild case of Cerebral Palsy. She feels it is important that the Lynn community recognize National Disability Awareness Month. Implementing events and programs throughout the month of October last year, Hammerman’s initiative won an award for “campus-wide program of the year.”

Now in her second year of planning and coordinating all the events on campus for the month, Hammerman has taken it to a whole new level. On Oct. 1, the first day of the awareness month, Hammerman plans a wheelchair basketball tournament as the kickoff event. Lynn hosts award-winning motivational speaker and Para Olympian, Matt Glowacki, on campus that day. Glowacki is bringing 15 of his custom-built basketball wheelchairs with him to facilitate the tournament.

When asked why she decided to kick off Disability Awareness Month with an event like this, Hammerman said, “The reason is twofold. First I want our community to take away an experience that gives a new perspective to an everyday American game. Second, I am doing it to honor one of my closest friends who sadly passed away five years ago. His name was Scott “Bubba” Pollock. He was born without any arms and had a leg length discrepancy, which caused him to be quite dependent on the use of a motorized wheelchair. This never stopped him from following his heart and passion, succeeding in the game of basketball. He was so talented and truly inspiring. Before he passed away he lived by the mantra “Failure is not an option.” In his honor we’re selling bracelets with his mantra throughout the month of October for $2. All money collected goes to The Bubba Fund [www.thebubbafund.org], which is a foundation created in Scott’s honor to help children with physical disabilities.”

This event takes place 7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 1, in the deHoernle Sports and Culture Center. All alumni are welcome to attend this FREE event.

For more information on this month’s events call the Lynn University Information Station at 561-237-7FUN.