Teams bring joy to the pitch with Adams


Teams bring joy to the field with Adams – Dutton Farm Game

Teams bring joy to the field with Adams – Dutton Farm Game

(Crystal A. Proxmire, February 20, 2022)

Rochester Hills, MI – Cheers echoed through the Rochester Adams High School gymnasium as January wrapped up with a basketball game between Adams Boys Varsity and Dutton Farm.

The event raised over $3,500 for Dutton Farm programs serving people with disabilities. Dutton Farm sold over 250 slices of pizza, with some of those pies donated by Jet’s Pizza -Five Points in Auburn Hills. EveryBody by Dutton Farm had a pop-up shop featuring candles + bath and body products made by Dutton Farm attendees. Plus, there were t-shirt sales and door wins.

In addition, the teams had a lot of fun! Cheerleaders from Adams JV and Varsity performed, leading the crowd into chants in support of the players. Neil King Physical Therapy donated t-shirts worn by DF participants and sold to fans and supporters as part of the fundraiser. Adams Athletic Boosters also collected tips at the concession stand for the cause.

Zaid Kassab is the owner of Lava Mountain Coffee, a place where some of the folks at Dutton Farm also work serving smiles, coffee and delicious smoothies. He’s a big fan of the program and also the one who played point guard for Team Dutton.

“Adams’ team were ruthless with their offense,” Kassab said. “We were in trouble. But we got together after the 1st half and got the win!

“Everyone played so hard the movement of the ball was fantastic and the momentum between the players was like I had never seen before! There were times when the referee had false calls but our team played hard until the end!

The victory was well deserved, with Dutton Farm scoring 43 and Adams 32.

Dutton Farm is a small farm in Rochester where participants with special needs can take classes, spend time with farm animals, tend vegetable plots and flower gardens, collect eggs from chicken coops, do art projects, learn life skills, engage with friends, and more.

“The work they do makes me smile. Since my first visit there years ago, I have always felt compelled to go back and be with them,” Kassab told the Oakland County Times. “It warms my heart and sets a good example for my children on how to treat others.”

The 501c3 nonprofit exists “to change the world and inspire others to see all people with disabilities treated equally, valued for who they are, and given equal opportunities to achieve their dreams.”

For more information about Dutton Farm, visit duttonfarm.org or contact Kim Staudacher, Community Relations Manager, at [email protected]

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