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“There needs to be a lot more emphasis on what a child can do instead of what he cannot do.” — Dr. Temple Grandin

On the early Sunday morning of Aug. 18, STEP — Special Teams for Exceptional People — hosted its eighth annual Bike Run at the Tyngsboro Sportsman’s Club.

More than 95 motorcyclists, in addition to police officers from all over, 37 Jeeps and one Corvette took the high road to support STEP.

Bikers take a rest before they STEP it up.

STEP volunteers, families and friends enjoyed a fun-filled day of festivities, including music, great food, games and even parents sliding down a gigantic water slide with their children!

The Lowell-based STEP develops social connections for challenged individuals and their families through social events and recreational sporting activities. The group was founded by a group of passionate parents who believe that all people, regardless of their disabilities, have the right to enjoy the same full range of sporting and social opportunities that others enjoy. Their parents and sibling coaches provide guidance and support to each person who desires to STEP into a more fulfilling life. STEP is an all-volunteer organization that relies on community support.

Volunteer chefs

Some of the revolving sporting activities have included, baseball, flag football, floor hockey, volleyball, bowling and karate just to name a few. Some of their social events have been themed dances, family days, breakfast with Santa, group outings, spinners baseball nights and so much more.Keep on stepping forward, STEP!

For more information, visit www.stepinc.us.