Abilities Unlimited of the Carolinas, Inc (AU) was formed in June 2005 by three fathers of physically disabled children in the greater Charlotte, NC area. The mission of AU Carolinas is to create, develop and energize the human spirit for those individuals with physical disabilities through adaptive activities and enhancements in their able-bodied environment. These adaptive activities allow the participants to help educate others through community involvement, athletic achievement and peer mentoring.

Speedway Children’s Charities’ generous grants over the years have allowed AU Carolinas to provide adaptive athletic equipment to physically handicapped leaders of tomorrow.  One success story of AU Carolinas is Lindsey Good.  Lindsey is a 17 year-old Junior at Weddington High School and has been involved in AU’s Wheelchair basketball, track, field and archery teams.  Lindsey is not only a participant; she has taken a strong leadership role as well, initiating the Hoops For Hope disability awareness event at her high school where able-bodied peers competed against AU’s Charlotte Rollin’ Bobcats.  She is a volunteer for Misty Meadows Mitey Riders, and has recruited 4 new players for our wheelchair basketball team.  Lindsey is also active in her church’s youth group and recently completed a mission trip to Washington State.  She is truly a leader of tomorrow.

We do our very best to maximize the return on SCC’s investment in our participant’s futures, however, without the continued support of SCC, AU would not be able to provide the specialized equipment necessary for the athletes in our program.  Our program helps not only the athlete, but also their families and their community.  For more information please visit www.aucarolinas.org.

Photo: Lindsey Good, at left, a Weddington High School sophomore, and her best friend, Jill Moore, 17, a junior at Northwest Cabarrus High School, competed recently in the first ever race between two wheelchair athletes in North Carolina High School Track and Field history. (Photo courtesy of Rick Crider of the Enquirer Journal)