1st Annual Virtual Race

Paddle Hike Jog Bike 2021

FAQ’s

What is a Virtual Race?
The Opportunities, Inc. Virtual “Paddle, Hike, Jog, or Bike” is an event you can do anywhere! Kick-off Spring right by staying healthy and active in your own backyard, while also supporting children and adults with developmental disabilities!
Who Can Participate?
Everyone! There are no age limits or restrictions.
When will I Receive My Medal and Other Items?
Packet pickup will be held on Saturday, May 8, 2021! It will be from 10 AM – 1 PM at Academy Sports + Outdoors in Texarkana, TX.

If you don’t live in Texarkana, or can’t attend the pickup, packets will be mailed on Friday, May 7, 2021.

The purchase deadline to receive packets by race-day is Friday, April 30, 2021.

If you do not choose to have your package shipped, and are not available for packet pickup, please contact the development office and we will have hours available for you to pick up your race pack at our campus.

What is the Registration Deadline?
You can Register until the DAY OF THE RACE! We want everyone to be a part of our fun!

Please note, the purchase deadline to receive packets by race-day is Friday, April 30, 2021.

Racers who register after that day will be shipped their packets as soon as possible.

How do I Get Involved on Social Media?
We highly encourage participants to take pictures or videos during their races! Post your pictures on Facebook and Instagram using the hashtag #OppIncVirtual21

You can also email us your photos or videos at development@oppinc.org

How do I Inquire about Sponsorships?
Great Question! For sponsorship information, contact the Development Office at 903.791.2270 or email rdrennon@oppinc.org

2021 Sponsor Incentives

2021 Sponsor Form

Where is my money Going?

The monies raised from our Paddle, Hike, Jog, or Bike will be dedicated to helping fund the cost of a multisensory environment for children in our Early Intervention Day Treatment Program.

See the video below for more information on multisensory environments, and to get an idea of what the room will look like.

Why a multisensory environment?
The human brain is designed to produce and regulate responses to the body’s sensory experiences — those things we touch, see, smell, taste and hear. For most people, this is a regular and typically overlooked part of their daily experience. But for an individual with a developmental disorder, the way the brain processes these experiences can be a significant source of distress and discomfort. In some cases, the brain may over-react to these sensory stimuli. Other times, it may not react enough. An inability to regulate certain sensory stimuli can cause various negative behaviors, such as acting out, fighting, meltdowns, spinning, rocking, or hand-flapping, as well as problems with information processing and development. One increasingly popular method of treating and overcoming sensory issues is using a sensory room, also called a multisensory environment. These “safe” spaces are designed to provide a place for individuals with sensory issues to decompress and confront a variety of sensory stimuli in a way that will ultimately help them learn to cope with everyday experiences.
How will it benefit our children?
The children receiving services through the Opportunities, Inc. Early Intervention Day Treatment (EIDT) program would significantly benefit from a professionally engineered multisensory environment. The EIDT program is operated by early childhood specialists. It serves children with developmental disabilities and developmental delays, or a medical condition that puts them at risk for a developmental delay. EIDT includes comprehensive evaluation, preventative, therapeutic, palliative, rehabilitative, and habilitative services prescribed by a physician for children ages birth to six years. For these children, a multisensory environment would provide a place for them to go when a meltdown occurs. While it can be a calm space where they can regain control of their emotions, a sensory room can also provide a low-stress, fun environment for an individual to work through their emotions and reactions to certain stimuli. While they cannot necessarily take away their brain’s sensitivity to certain stimuli, they can train their brain to overcome its sensitivity and develop coping mechanisms that will serve them well in the world beyond their sensory space. It is anticipated that regular use of the multisensory rooms by children in the EIDT program will improve focus, develop or reactivate senses, encourage socialization, promote cognitive development, and improve motor development.
What does the concept look like?
The multisensory environment will consist of two rooms. One room will be used to calm and reduce agitation using gentle light, soothing sound, relaxing smells, and textures. The second room will be used to stimulate users by providing exciting visuals, music and sounds, invigorating smells, and textures to explore. Each child using a sensory room will have learning goals and outcomes linked to the room’s use. The child’s progress and achievement will be evaluated and documented in the child’s Individual Treatment Plan.

Swag Bag 

All registrants will receive a race pack with the following items:

Race Shirt, Medal, Academy Voucher

Chick-fil-A coupon redeemable at CFA Central Mall in Texarkana