Cape Abilities to Celebrate 50 Years with Annual Harbor Walk

HYANNIS – Cape Abilities is celebrating more than 50 years of service with their annual Harbor Walk.

Nearly 1000 walkers will be made up of Cape Abilities participants, their family members, guardians, professional staff, and dedicated community partners.

Cape Abilities Communications Manager Troy Smith said this is an important event each year.

 “ This year’s event circling around the 50th, it means a lot more to us this time, because if you stop in think about it, 50 years that’s incredible, that we have been a part of this community, where our folks have been trained to go out and work and be valued members of the community,” he said.

The walk takes place along Hyannis Harbor and finishes at the Village Green with entertainment, games, food samplings and live music. What was once a competitive run has transformed in recent years into a much more inclusive event.

“We found a lot of guys and gals where just coming to run in it to qualify for the Falmouth road race instead of supporting Cape Abilities, so when we turned it into a walk it became much more family-centric and much more community oriented,” he said.

The easiest way to get involved is to go to the Cape Abilities website and click on the Harbor Walk icon, but the walk also includes a series of interactive activities.

“Cape Cod challenger Club another non-profit that we support will be bringing along their drumming therapy balls all I can say is that their gigantic and their awesome. Drumming is a therapy for individuals that are autistic, individuals that have Down syndrome, to individuals that have neither. It’s a therapy to calm, to soothe, to focus, and when you get involved with that kind of community it’s even more fun.” said Smith.   

The Harbor Walk takes place on May 18th and is the biggest fundraising event of the year, and provides funds to help individuals with disabilities throughout the cape.


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