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Every little bit helps boost local disabled athletes

February 14, 2014

On behalf of Disabled Sports Eastern Sierra, Independent Living Center Bowling Team member Arlene Callahan, surrounded by her teammates, accepts a donation from Happy Hoods founder Carri Coudek (r) at the Back Alley last Thursday. Photo by Marilyn Blake Philipv

On behalf of Disabled Sports Eastern Sierra, Bishop’s Independent Living Center Bowling Team recently accepted a donation from Happy Hoods founder Carri Coudek.
Through the Pasadena Rose Bowl flea market sales of her anti-bullying Happy Hoods program gear, Coudek raised enough funds to donate $20 to DSES on Feb. 6 at the Back Alley, 649 N. Main St., where the United Methodist Church Social Services team meets twice-weekly. Since Happy Hoods was founded in 2012, Coudek has routinely donated to various local causes $1 for each smiley-face, anti-bullying hoodie she sells.
“Whether it’s $20 or $1, it helps us,” said DSES advocate and athlete Brigid Salamon, who co-founded the bowling team 10 years ago. “We are fortunate to have support from the community, from people like Carri … In turn, we try to give back to the community – we raise awareness.”
Coudek said she was inspired to give to DSES “when I saw Brigid riding her bike down Line Street in a (DSES) bicycle event. She had the biggest smile on her face and I thought, Look at how happy she is; I want to be part of that.”

Read the full story in the Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014 edition of The Inyo Register.

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