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Rite Aid names Kidchamp Award recipient

Rite Aid’s Foundation has named the recipient of its Kidchamp Award, which recognizes individuals for their unwavering efforts in helping provide athletes with disabilities the opportunity to compete in competitive and recreational sports.

The Camp Hill, Pa.-based retailer announced that it has recognized Lisa Followay, executive director of the Adaptive Sports Program of Ohio, or ASPO, for her efforts in helping others.

“Lisa exemplifies the mission of KidCents by giving kids in need the opportunity for better lives and brighter futures,” Scott Bernard, senior vice president of Rite Aid’s mid-Atlantic division and member of The Rite Aid Foundation board of directors, said. “Thanks to Lisa’s dedication and her leadership at ASPO, children with disabilities from across Ohio now have the opportunity to play sports, which benefits them physically, mentally and academically. Lisa has paved the way for inclusion, and we are pleased to recognize her as the latest recipient of our Kidchamp Award.”

As recipient of the award, Followay will receive a $10,000 donation to ASPO and $500 in Rite Aid gift cards at a special ceremony.

The KidChamp Award was created in 2017 to recognize individuals in communities served by Rite Aid who have made a meaningful difference in the lives of youth by advocating for their health and well-being.

Followay has grown ASPO over the last nine years by making it one of the largest adaptive sports organizations in Ohio. It currently serves more than 300 individuals in six cities through 10 sports, including basketball, sled hockey and track, the company said.

“It is truly an honor to receive the Kidchamp Award, and I’d like to thank The Rite Aid Foundation and KidCents for helping all of us at ASPO continue our important work,” Followay said. “Sports help develop focus and discipline. They teach children how to work as a team, overcome challenges and form friendships, while also improving their overall health and well-being. At ASPO, we want to spread the belief that children with disabilities don’t have to watch from the sidelines. They can participate in competition and make meaningful contributions to their teams … you just need to give them the opportunity!”
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