Security Service Charitable Foundation on April 25 donated $2,500 to Kinetic Kids of San Antonio to help provide children with special needs financial assistance so they can pursue adapted sports programs.

“Our scholarship program ensures that no child is ever turned away from our programs for inability to pay,” Kinetic Kids grant writer Janine Sauer said in a statement. “Thanks to this generous donation from the Security Service Charitable Foundation, we can continue to provide many children with opportunities to participate in one of their favorite sports or fine arts and make dreams come true.”

A news release said the donation from the foundation, the charitable arm of Security Service Federal Credit Union, will be used to provide children with scholarships for programs offered by Kinetic Kids.

The donation covers 33 children with a full scholarship or 71 children with a partial scholarship, the release said. SSFCU officials said because of this support, children with special needs can participate, even if their family lacks the financial means to enroll.

“Kinetic Kids works tirelessly to meet the needs of a community that is often underserved and not receiving enough recognition,” said Aaron Leek, senior vice president, chief retail officer for Security Service Federal Credit Union. “Being able to give back to an organization like Kinetic Kids and then see these kids pursuing their passions brings a smile to all of our faces.”

Kinetic Kids officials said their organization fills a gap in local services offered to children with physical and intellectual disabilities. According to the Texas Education Agency, nearly 50,000 children with special needs live in across Bexar, Comal, and Kendall counties.

Kinetic Kids officials said their programs are designed to improve health, mobility, social interaction, and confidence in the children they serve.