12th Annual Hooked Up To Help Inshore Fishing Tournament

Winners from the 11th Annual Hooked Up to Help Inshore Fishing Tournament.

It is that time of year again! Please join us for the 12th Annual Hooked Up to Help Inshore Fishing Tournament.

Hooked Up to Help is United Cerebral Palsy’s oldest existing fundraiser. For more information on how you can enter, please visit the official Hooked Up To Help event page on our website:

2019 Mobtown Mac ‘N Cheese Fest

We believe that Macaroni and Cheese is THE ultimate comfort food! And we’re not alone – cities throughout the country have held competitions to see who can prepare the best bowl of cheesy goodness.

United Cerebral Palsy of Mobile is excited to introduce the Mobtown Mac ‘N Cheese Fest to Mobile, Alabama. Join us in our endeavor to determine who has the best Mac ‘N Cheese in town!

When: Saturday, April 6th, 2019

11:00 am – 12:00 pm (Very Important Cheese Entry)

12:00 pm – 3:00 pm (General Entry)

Where: Cathedral Square | Downtown Mobile, Alabama

300 Conti Street, Mobile, AL 36602

Cost: $12 Pre-Order | $15 at the door

$25 Very Important Cheese Tickets

What Exactly is a V.I.C.?

As one of United Cerebral Palsy’s Very Important Cheeses, you have the opportunity to access the event one hour prior to the general public. With only 100 of these V.I.C. tickets sold, you are guaranteed an opportunity to taste every cheese and beat the crowd.

Does your mac n’ cheese have what it takes?

Are you, your friends, family or business bold enough to compete for the title of “Best Mac ‘N Cheese in Mobile”? We applaud your boldness. To learn more about forming a team, simply download the “2019 Mobtown Mac ‘N Cheese – Team Guidelines” below.

Interested in being one of our corporate sponsors?

United Cerebral Palsy of Mobile is still seeking corporate sponsors for this event. If you or your company are interested in being involved with this exciting endeavor, please contact us at (251) 479-4900

New Mobile Mardi Gras Flags Feature Icons of Carnival in the City

Buy Your Flag Here!

United Cerebral Palsy of Mobile is introducing a new Mobile Mardi Gras Flag. Supplement your Mardi Gras collection with this flag featuring Mobile Mardi Gras icons.

The flag, in Mobile’s traditional purple and gold, features at its center a large cowbell emblazoned with the head of a cow and a rake, emblematic of the Cowbellion de Rakin Society, America’s first mystic society. A Folly figure strikes a carefree pose leaning on the bell, while Slacabamarinico mirrors Folly’s pose on the other side of the bell.

High in the upper corner is a modified version of the UCP logo, specially made to represent Mardi Gras in Mobile, AL.

This flag is lightweight, so it will fly in even the slightest January or February breeze.

Available Flag Options:

  1. Garden Flag (12.5in. x 18in.) – $15
  2. Standard Flag with Grommets (3ft. x 5ft.) – $35
  3. Standard Flag with Sleeve (3ft. x 5ft.) – $35
  4. Bunting (6ft. x 9ft.) – $50

Please contact UCP Mobile at (251) 479-4900 for more information on shipping options.

Miles for SMILEs 2018


Miles for SMILEs 2018

In 2016, we came up with an idea to raise money to send kids to Camp SMILE who are in need of financial assistance. We called it “Miles for Smiles.” Lilia Melikechi and Jake Alvarez walked 137 miles from Mobile, Alabama to New Orleans, Louisiana in only 5 days. We set a goal of $1,500, or enough to donate 5 camperships to deserving families. The response was incredible. In just over 3 weeks, we raised almost $10,000! The outpouring of support was so amazing that we promised to do it again.

Last year, we walked back from New Orleans to Mobile. It was our first time asking for teams of volunteers to walk with us and the reply was great! We set a new record of almost $15,000 raised. This year we are walking back to new orleans and we’re asking for more people that are willing to get out there and help us make a difference one mile at a time!

The dates for this year’s event are Saturday, April 28th through Wednesday, May 2nd. We will be making 10, two-person teams to walk 13.7 mile stretches.

Show your support by sponsoring the team per mile, or by making a one-time donation. Donate online today at https://www.crowdrise.com/o/en/campaign/miles-for-smiles-2018/unitedcerebralpalsyofmobile or send checks to UCP’s Camp SMILE: 3058 Dauphin Square Connector, Mobile, AL 36607

Please help us make this year just as special so that we can give kids the experience of a lifetime! To learn more about camp, visit www.campsmilemobile.org

 

Hooked Up To Help on Studio10


click the image above to learn more about our 11th annual hooked up to help inshore fishing tournament! (From left to right) Lockley shell with hargrove, chasity byrd channel 10, theresa webb, wayne dean.

PikeFest 2018


several members of the eta kappa chapter of pi kappa alpha presented a check to glenn harger & todd perkins for ucp being the charity of choice for pikeweek 2018.

CCEP: Making A Difference In Early Childhood Education

Imagine a group of teachers and administrators waving a red sting through the air, lovingly pretending it is the infamous squiggle from The Squiggle, a children’s book written by Carole Lexa Schaefer.  This is a common scene during a CCEP (Childcare Enhancement with a Purpose) workshop. The CCEP Program Coordinator, Emily Sheets, is talking with Spanish Fort Presbyterian Preschool (SFPP) about strategies for inclusion when it comes to children’s literacy skills.

“It can be very overwhelming for childcare providers when they are tasked with caring for a child with developmental delays, behavioral challenges, or other special needs. They may feel that they are not equipped to care for such a child, or are unsure if they are doing the right thing during daily interactions with the child,” says Emily Sheets of the importance of CCEP’s programs and services. “In situations such as this, CCEP is there to help. We offer simple, practical strategies to childcare providers that empower and equip them to care for children with developmental differences.”

According to the National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care and Early Education, there are many benefits to inclusive child care. “Children with special needs develop increased social skills and self-esteem; families of children with special needs gain social support and develop more positive attitudes about their child; children and families without special needs become more understanding and accepting of differences and disabilities; caregivers/teacher learn from working with children, families, and service providers and develop skills in individualizing care for all children.”

SFPP is one of the many preschools that CCEP is involved in. Laura Roberts, the Preschool Director, has overseen the relationship between the Preschool and UCP for nearly three years. “The difference UCP makes in our program is wide and varies greatly – the UCP resources are invaluable to early childcare educators,” says Roberts.

According to Roberts, she has seen three major benefits from SFPP’s time working with UCP’s Childcare Enhancement with a Purpose. First of these benefits is having a UCP staff member provide an inclusive activity for the classroom. “This has been a great source of role modeling for the staff as well as providing the children with a great activity,” says Roberts. UCP staff seeks to show childcare providers the best techniques to bring in to an inclusive classroom.

The second benefit is the educational in-service which is hosted with members of the SFPP staff. Emily Sheets will provide a training session that includes a presentation as well as hands-on activities the teachers can incorporate in the classroom the next day. For the session mentioned earlier, teachers were given books as well as sensory items they could use as an interactive piece during story time. This is beneficial to all children, but it also provides a different way to teach a child who may learn differently.

Finally, the UCP staff acts as a sounding board for teachers and parents when it comes to the individualized care for children with special needs. “After discussing a certain child’s situation by phone, UCP staff will come by the preschool with written information that pertains to the concern, they will observe and make recommendations that are helpful to the student,” Roberts said.

One preschool teacher spoke about a specific instance in her classroom. “For one particular student, we were given two types of seats for them to use. It allowed my student to sit on the rug in a large group setting, but still be able to move around a bit… We also have a box of sensory toys that help my student calm down… the variety of items included holds her attention long enough for her to focus on them instead of what is bothering her,” the teacher mentioned. These are concrete ways that the advice is being used in order to have a child with special needs included in the classroom setting while still getting the special care and attention that is required.

CCEP is funded by Alabama DHR and offers free inclusion training to childcare providers statewide. Members of CCEP staff go in to schools and share simple, practical ways to work with and include children with special needs in childcare centers and family/group childcare homes. This is one of UCP’s many programs that are working within the education system to promote our mission – promoting the independence, productivity and full citizenship of people with cerebral palsy and other disabilities.