Last weekend was something new for my wife and me. Yvonne’s aunt invited us several weeks ago to go horseback riding – we finally did. She also introduced us to Sandra Floyd. Sandra began a wonderful program in recent years that provides fun and excitement for kids who are physically handicapped. Sandra is amazing in more ways than one. She also teaches disadvantaged kids positive “life lessons” that many would never receive. With a huge bag of chess sets in tow Yvonne & I set off to find out more…
We met Sandra in the Talladega National Forest near the Alabama-Georgia border. Over the next couple of days she introduced us to many of her newly adopted kids ranging in age from 5 years all the way up to teenagers. Many of you know the record-setting tornadoes that pillaged this region only last week, but horseback riding had everyone’s attention. Fallen trees became an obstacle for us as we navigated through the winding and hilly trails. Mealtimes around the campfire allowed for storytelling and what else…chess!
We met Greg who was one of the older and wiser young men. He told us about his grandmother. It turns out that Greg’s grandmother was on top of the chess world and was a ranking worldchess competitor! It was no surprise to see Greg give Yvonne and me tough games.
Learn more about this wonderful program by contacting Rachel’s Wish Foundation headquartered in Tallapoosa, GA, or by contacting the Tanner Behavior Health Equine Therapeutic Program at (770)-832-8247. Sandra Floyd may be reached directly by phone at the Possum Snout Arena at (770) 574-8104.