Posted on 05/05/17 in LEAP Spotlight!
Preston Carter is a well-known presence around Quantum LEAP (QL), an adaptive recreation program for people with disabilities. Entering his 9th year with our program, he may be what some call “a lifer.”
Sherri Morris, Preston’s mother, wanted Preston involved in after-work activities. Sherri had heard of QL, and thought it was a great opportunity to get Preston involved in activities that he may enjoy. But Preston was introverted, and was not interested in leaving the house.
With some prodding from his mom, Preston began participating with Quantum LEAP in the early part of 2009 as a shy, introverted man nearing forty. In his first year, he participated in many activities includingWalking Club, Bowling League, and dances. He remained that shy, introverted man for some time,still preferring to be left alone.Yet, at the same time, something was happening: Sherri started to notice changes, however small, in Preston. Over time, he started to come out of his shell.
Fast forward to today, and you will see Preston is no longer the same man. He is now very vocal about engaging in different activities, and participates in most of the weekly programs Quantum LEAP offers. Sherri once wanted to see a play arranged by Quantum LEAP, and brought Preston with her. Little did she know it would catch Preston’s interest, and he has since developed into quite the theatergoer.
With all of these activities Preston participates in, he wears a watch to keep his mother on top of things, reminding Sherri when it is time to leave for an activity, especially bowling. Preston has grown into a skilled bowler and actively competes with his friends. Preston and Sherri are now a big part of the Quantum LEAP extended family that embraces everyone and tries to bring out his or her best.
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