Quick Info

The Opportunities, Inc. Paddle, Hike, Jog, or Bike is a unique event that was developed for the safety of our participants, volunteers, staff, partners, and community to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Take your pick from a 3+ mile hike, 30 minute bike ride or paddle at a local park, or jogging a 5k.

This virtual event encourages our participants to live an active lifestyle and enjoy time exercising while supporting children and adults with developmental disabilities.

Note: Once you are registered participants will be eligible for a free t-shirt and race day medal!

Referral Rewards

Your personal referral code will be in the confirmation email you receive after registering. Receive a $5 refund on your registration for every 10 people you refer!

They must register through your personal referral link or with your referral code for you to qualify. Please email development@oppinc.org if you need your code!

Packet Pickup Day - May 8, 2021

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Race Day - May 15, 2021

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FAQ’s

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.

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!
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.
Who Can Participate?
Everyone! There are no age limits or restrictions.
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.
When will I Receive My Medal and Other Items?
Currently, we are planning to have a packet pickup on Saturday, May 8, 2021! It will be held 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 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.
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

Do I have to complete my race on May 15th?
No! May 15th is our designated race day for participants and gyms that are hosting teams and/or events. While we encourage participants to complete the race on May 15th, we understand that sometimes things don’t go according to plan, or there are conflicting activities. Since the race is virtual, you have the freedom to complete your race on any day. Just be sure to tag us in your social posts, and wear your race day shirt!

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

Swag Bag

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

Race Shirt, Race Medal, $10 Off Academy Voucher

The first 50 people to register will also receive a coupon for FREE Chick-fil-A redeemable at CFA Central Mall in Texarkana.