News and Events
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September 4th, 2015
In three specially selected middle schools in Connecticut, the Wingman program takes flight, showing students the power of empathetic leadership to build a strong, inclusive community where differences are celebrated, not ridiculed.
August 30th, 2015
The Portland Unified Sports team is celebrated at the New Britain Rock Cats final ever game. Portland's program has gone from strength to strength in their inaugural year.
August 22nd, 2015
Dylan's Wings of Change and Stretch What Matters host yoga for children of all abilities as part of the 3rd annual Newtown Yogafest.
June 28th, 2015
Dylan's Wings of Change is able to confirm a grant of $10,000 to support the continued expansion of Unified Theater's fantastic Spotlight School program that brings children of all abilities together to create, produce and manage their own stage show from start to finish
June 17th, 2015
Camp MOE and its predecessors in Torrington, CT have been providing a fully inclusive camp experience for children since 1978. Dylan's Wings of Change has been able to provide a grant for financial assistance to families so that their children can fully enjoy the benefits of summer camp. Read more on our blog here.
June 13th, 2015
The Bronxchester Challenger league is dedicated to allowing children with autism to play baseball on their own terms. In their second year they have expanded to a roster of 120 children from across New York City. Dylan's WIngs of Change is pleased to provide a grant to help the program continue to grow, and excited for future prospects that will include expansion into basketball in the fall and spring training in 2016. Find out more here.
May 8th, 2015
Dylan's Wings of Change returns to Massachusetts for their third appearance at the Cape Cod Ragnar Relay. This year nine teams tackled the 190 mile course from Hull to Provincetown, running through the night to raise over $75,000 for our grants program and Wingman. Read the full story.
May 2nd, 2015
Combining the athletic challenge of a duathlon with the fun of a family 5K, the 1st Annual Newtown Wingathlon was a huge success. On a glorious spring morning over 250 competitors pitted themselves against the road and each other to literally "earn their wings". You can read our blog here and see the photos in our dropbox.
April 24th, 2015
Building on the success of last years event, Blackbelt for Butterflies returned to the Bushido Academy in Manchester, CT. Once again the event attracted many top jiu-jitsu instructors from across the U.S. to share their knowledge in this 3 day seminar. Find out more on the Blackbeltsfor Butterflies facebook page.
March 19th, 2015
Mentor Matches, a tennis concept for chidlren with autism was the brainchild of Ridgefield, CT resident Kathleen Murdock, working with adaptive tennis expert Jerry Weil from New Haven, CT. Their first event at the Hardscrabble club (location of our tennis fundraiser in 2014) was a great success. You can contact us for more information and to host an event in your area.
March 15th, 2015
Nearly 20,000 runners participated in this years United Airlines New York half marathon. Five of those are dear to our hearts as they raised over $5,000 that we have dedicated to the Bronxchester Challenger league providing baseball for children with autism. We thank these courageous runners and their generous supporters.
January 25th, 2015
Over one hundred people came together at the Danbury Fair Mall to practice yoga and raise awareness of autism. With music by DJ Reese and brunch donated by Brio Tuscan Grille this community raised over $500 for We Will Ride, a nonprofit foundation offering progams of equine assisted activities and therapies for people with disabilities. More pictures on our yoga page.
November 27th, 2014
Alexander Kyprianou, a fourth grade student from Newtown, chose to raise funds for Dylan's WIngs of Change to complete his citizenship project for school. He sought sponsorship to run the town's annual Turkey Trot and raised over $1000 as well as completing the race in great spirits!
November 3rd, 2014
A team of runners battled strong head winds, pain and injury to complete the 2014 TCS New York Marathon for Dylan's WIngs of Change. For many this was their first marathon race, one had not run at all before beginning training in June. An intensely emotional experience for the athletes and their families, their generous supporters raised $45,000 for our Grants for Sports programs.
September/ October, 2014
Dylan's Wings of Change becomes a presenting sponsor of Unified Sports in Connecticut Schools, and makes a grant to the Spring Valley YMCA for their Shooting Stars program. Read more about both on our Grants for Sports Programs page.
May 18th, 2014
There is an amazing turnout on a beautiful sunny day for the second running of the O'Neills 5K race in memory of Annie Curtin, held in Norwalk, CT. Annie was just 6 years old when she passed away from a ruptured brain aneurysm and is dearly missed by her family and friends. This year the race organizers and Curtin family very generously selected Dylan's Wings of Change as the beneficiary of the funds raised from the race and we thank them deeply for this.
May 18th, 2014
Rich McKeegan is a man of huge heart and vision. He first helped fundraise for Newtown charities in the aftermath of 12/14, designing a patch worn by Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioners across the country. This weekend, months of his hard work paid off as the Bushido Jiu-Jitsu Academy in Manchester, CT hosted the first annual Blackbelts for Butterflies BJJ seminar to benefit Dylan's Wings of Change.
This three day event brought together an awesome line up of instructors from as far as Seattle and Houston to share their knowledge. We are indebted to Rich for making this happen. We thank all the black belts that gave their time so willingly and the owners of the Academy for hosting the event.
May 10th, 2014
Five teams of runners entered the Cape Cod Ragnar Relay race, all wearing purple in honor of Dylan. As well as raising a phenomenal $60,000 for Dylan's Wings of Change these awesome people created amazing stories. Some had barely run a 5K race before, yet conquered over 12 miles. Husbands and wives ran together to find the strength to finish. Teammates shouldered extra miles when injuries forced their friends off the road. A whole team was themed on Austin Powers. It was epic, overwhelming and beautiful.
We thank each and every one of these rock stars for their endeavor, and their family and friends for supporting them and raising money for the Foundation’s programs. We are already looking forward to Cape Cod 2015!
May 6th, 2014
Ian was privileged this week to meet the Life Skills students at Ossining High School, NY. They had raised $500 for Dylan’s Wings of Change through their school store and “butterfly” donations. The class talked about their activities, employment and extra-curricular activities that they were involved in. They are making fantastic progress in Pioneer League basketball, with plans ahead of them to expand.
We are very thankful to these awesome young people for making it such a great visit, and all their school friends who donated so generously. A huge thank you to Ms. Cable, Ms. Guerin, Ms Tobin, Principal Mandel and the rest of the faculty. Looking forward to our next opportunity to visit and support their sporting achievements.
April 26th, 2014
Extreme Fitness Martial Arts held a fundraiser raffle and bake sale together with a showing of UFC 172, raising over $1,000 for Dylan’s Wings of Change. This is more than a martial arts club, it’s an extended family to everyone who trains there. The instructors instill the highest level of discipline in all students, young and not-so-young, and encourage the positive aspects of life including good school work and personal well being. Thank you MXA for everything you have done these past 18 months.
April 12th, 2014
A huge thank you to everyone for the fantastic event to benefit Dylan’s Wings of Change hosted by the One-Eyed Pig. Your generosity and support raised over $6500. The sell out crowd of 220 were treated to an amazing performance by One Level Down who played for well over three hours with three storming sets. Thank you Michael Lynch, Mike Grillo, Lou Sclafani, Jim Lynch, Mike Greary, Don Gernet, Peter Schneider, Bud Wassell and Steve Checuti. Our thanks also to all the businesses who donated items for our raffle.
March 29th, 2014
Sara Intonato leads a fantastic yoga practice at the stunning Practice studio in Roslyn, NY. This wonderful community has already held a number of fundraisers for Dylan’s Wings of Change, and Sara and her husband Ben are amazing advocates for compassion and change.
March 7th, 2014
The Hardscrabble Club in Brewster NY holds a tennis social and fundraiser for Dylan’s Wings of Change. We are very grateful to the generosity of the club and the members raising nearly $3,000 for our mission and we look forward to working with this community in supporting inclusion tennis programs in the future.
February 6th, 2014
Susan Melle completes her ascent of Kilimanjaro and raises over $6,000 for Dylan’s Wings of Change, with matching corporate contributions still to be added. We thank Susan for her second fundraiser for our foundation. You can read her blog of the climb.
January 25th, 2014
Kiernan Villeneuve of Ridgefield CT leads a yoga practice for more than 60 people at the Sports Academy of Connecticut and New York. Over $1,300 is raised for Dylan’s Wings of Change including the first sales of our uniquely designed Sweatybands. More pictures on our yoga page.
November 21st, 2013
CBS News coverage of Dylan’s Wings of Change as part of their series honoring those lost at Sandy Hook Elementary School, December 14th, 2012.
November 8th, 2013
Students of New Hampshire University come together for a Tie Dye/ Autism Awareness event at their school. More pictures of the event are on our facebook page.
November 3rd, 2013