HIGH POINT, N.C., Oct. 27, 2022 – It was a night of dancing and fun at this year’s ASPIRE Halloween Dance, hosted by High Point University students at the Miracle League of High Point Field on Oct. 25. Each year, HPU’s Student Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) organizes the annual event for community members with disabilities to dress up and dance the night away.
High Point Parks and Recreation’s ASPIRE (Adaptive Sports, Programs and Inclusive Recreation) unit co-hosted the event with the CEC at the Miracle Field. Participants and their family members enjoyed games, dancing, crafts and food in Halloween-themed areas.
“We are very grateful for our partnership with High Point University for our ASPIRE holiday dances,” said Stephanie Hedgecock, local coordinator for the Special Olympics of High Point. “For some of our participants this is the only time they get to see each other throughout the year. The dances are a very important social key for our community members, and it’s always fun seeing our community members dance and interact with their peers.”
This event is a way for HPU students to connect with, develop friendships and support individuals in the High Point community. The CEC consists of majors from across campus with a common interest in promoting awareness and providing support for individuals with disabilities. The student organization has hosted this event and others over the last 16 years.
“This event was spooktastic and the night was electric,” said Sarah Geller, a sophomore special education major from Weston, Florida. “From the beginning of the night, the vibes were nothing but fantastic. The food was delicious, the music was thrilling, there was face painting to the nines and the trunk or treat was executed to expert standards. Planning the dance and making it successful was a team effort.”
The CEC will host two more dances this winter. The Christmas and Valentine’s Day dances will include similar activities for the community to enjoy.