AMBUCS teams with Armstrong Atlantic University to deliver bicycles to disabled youth

Sacred Heart parishioner Kevin Sheehan set a great example this month by his ongoing commitment to service in the community. Through Savannah AMBUCS (National Association of American Business Clubs), he teamed up with a college club to present two bicycles to two brothers with disabilities.

“I’m just so excited that we were able to do this, this year,” Rho Tau member Charity Ortiz said. On March 28 at Armstrong Atlantic State University, the pre-physical therapy club partnered with Savannah AMBUCS to gift a family two therapeutic tricycles.

For the past two years, Rho Tau has been raising money to fund the bikes, which provide therapeutic benefits to people with disabilities. AMBUCS Savannah chapter president Sheehan thanked Rho Tau for their participation throughout the years with the program. In addition to raising money through bake sales, Rho Tau accompanies people with disabilities to help them bowl in a league every week. AMBUCS Savannah chapter opened in 1941. The Chapter later founded the first Georgia school for children with special needs. Since then, the organization has helped to offer independence and greater mobility to persons with disabilities. Sheehan said that this would make the sixth bike AMBUCS has given out since he’s been a member. Sheehan and Rho Tau presented two of the Ulrich family’s sons, Pierson and Mason, with the therapeutic tricycles. “To be able to get out and ride a bike means very much to them,” Marie Ulrich said.

After presenting the bikes, Sheehan helped to strap them in, and the small crowd cheered as the two boys began their first lap around the courtyard of Shearouse plaza. Parents David and Marie Ulrich beamed as they tried to herd together their other seven children for a photograph.

“I don’t know what to say,” David Ulrich said. “This is a tremendous blessing for us.” David said that Savannah AMBUCS had been involved in helping his family advocate for their children for several years. “They are well organized and incredibly supportive,” he said. As the ceremonious presentation came to a close, Sheehan revealed one more surprise.
“Are y’all hungry?” Sheehan said to the children. “I hope so, because we’ve got pizza.”

Younger children, Emily and Olivia, squealed with delight. “I don’t know if y’all are Catholic, but I’m going to say a good Catholic prayer,” Sheehan said.

Rho Tau, Savannah AMBUCS representatives, and the Ulrich family all bowed their heads in silence. “Bless us, oh Lord, and these Thy gifts, which we are about to receive from Thy bounty, through Christ our Lord. Amen”

Such simple words from Sheehan can remind anyone to have gratitude.

Maggie Stone is a Senior and Journalism Major at Armstrong Atlantic State University, Savannah.

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