Soccer Volunteers at McCarty Center

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
NOVEMBER 29, 2007

Nov. 29, 2007

NORMAN, Okla. -- Members of the 2007 Sooner soccer team answered the call as volunteers on Tuesday, Nov. 27, helping out at the J. D. McCarty Center in Norman.

The Sooners helped decorate and paint the 101 Dalmatian Christmas decorations at the center, which is located on Robinson street and helps take care of children with developmental disabilities.

"We're in the process of developing a 101 Dalmatian Christmas scene," explained Beverly Jennings, the McCarty Center's Conference Center Director. "We're cutting out a few each year from plywood until we have our 101.

"The soccer team helped us out by painting the first group of 50 Dalmatians. We hope to have them back next year to paint the next group."

University of Oklahoma student-athlete volunteers are not uncommon at the McCarty Center. According to Greg Gaston, director of marketing for the McCarty Center, the OU women's basketball team and a member of the OU volleyball team have volunteered at the hospital in the recent past.

"The McCarty Center has always enjoyed good volunteer support from OU students," said Gaston.

The J. D. McCarty Center is Oklahoma's center of excellence in the care and treatment of children with developmental disabilities from birth to age 21. Founded in 1946, the hospital treated only one diagnosis...cerebral palsy.

Today the McCarty Center has treated more than 70 different diagnoses in the developmental disability category. In an average year, the McCarty Center will see children from 70 of Oklahoma's 77 counties.

The mission of the J.D. McCarty Center is to provide a comprehensive program of rehabilitative care to Oklahoma's children (ages 0-21) with developmental disabilities.

In addition, the Center seeks to...

•  utilize measurable quality standards and to ensure excellence in health care through a comprehensive, multi-disciplinary approach to service delivery which will enable children with developmental disabilities to maximize their potential and enhance their quality of life. 

•  provide an intensive and comprehensive rehabilitative environment through direct services, referrals and consultations that will lead to increased productivity and a quality standard of living throughout adulthood. 

•  increase the physical and emotional well-being of patients and their families through an empowering process of education, training, transitional planning and community support. 

•  advocate for the needs of children with developmental disabilities by increasing awareness and supplementing rehabilitative services in all communities as well as pro-actively seeking solutions to expressed concerns. 

•  facilitate ongoing education and training for staff in order to ensure continuous quality improvements. 

Information and photos used in this release provided by the J.D. McCarty Center. 

For more information about the McCarty Center visit





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