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BU Basketball Programs To Make Annual Trip To Magic Paintbrush Project

Coach Dempsey, Scholl and players team up with special needs students for "Paint with the Players"

January 13, 2013

BU Basketball Programs To Make Annual Trip To Magic Paintbrush Project

Magic Paintbrush Project Website

VESTAL, N.Y. – The Binghamton University men’s and women’s basketball programs will be making their annually trip to the Magic Paintbrush Project, at its Johnson City office inside the Oakdale Mall, to work with special needs students at a teamwork seminar called “Paint with the Players”. Head coaches Tommy Dempsey and Nicole Scholl will be escorting their teams to the Magic Paintbrush Project on Monday, January 14th, from 10 a.m. until 11:30 a.m.

Each year the Bearcats basketball programs spend time at “The Project” giving back to their community by working with special needs children in a creative and fun way. Students from area school districts and agencies participate in a morning of innovative fun with the Binghamton players. The workshop assists special needs children in learning how to use teamwork when dealing with daily challenges.

On slate for the day are activities such as, “Hey Coach!”  (a creative listening and responding activity), “Paintbucket Ball” (an exclusive Magic Paintbrush Project team builder) and “Making An Impact” a banner making activity). These activities have been carefully developed to meet the identified goals of the individuals The Magic Paintbrush Project serves.

Life Is Washable, Inc. and The Magic Paintbrush Project provide workshops that utilize creative art materials to complement services and support for individuals, families and professionals facing the challenges of a special needs diagnosis. The Project successfully supports thousands of developmentally disabled individuals and their families in meeting their identified goals (socialization, movement, communication, advocacy and self-determination) by facilitating sessions that include appropriate activities, adaptive tools and training designed to meet these needs.

In addition to the students, community volunteers will be working alongside the Binghamton players and coaches and the workshop is scheduled to have over 30 participants. Workshop reservations are limited. The Magic Paintbrush Project wishes to thank, UHS and the many community volunteers for their support of the event.

The Magic Paintbrush Project has presented over 2,500 workshops since its inception in 2006, serving over 23,000 workshop participants. With its rapid success and demand for additional workshops, The Project has expanded to include the Hudson Valley and Rochester regions as well as the Southern Tier. In addition to the direct support to families with special needs, The Project provides partnering support to area agencies as well as welcoming community involvement and inclusion into its mission.

For more information please contact, Executive Director Jennifer O’Brien at 607-729-5059 or by email


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