Hello, my name is Keithan Holiday, and I am the president of Sēb’s Recreation Center (SRC). I am excited to introduce to you this unique facility that strives to provide a safe, comfortable environment for the physically challenged to work out, attend classes, engage in informational seminars, relax, and have fun with their families, caregivers, and other participants. As the father of a disabled son, we struggled to find activities, both physically and socially, where we both could participate at the same time and under the same roof.
The dream of opening a recreational center for the disabled stems from my son going to work with me one day at a 'recreational center' and not being able to do anything. He asked me, "Dad, what can I do here?" I replied, "Son, we can swim, but that's about it." I could tell that Sēbian was upset and after some time had passed I asked him what was on his mind. He said, "Dad it's not right that there is nothing here for me to do. We should open up a recreational center for people like me, the disabled." My reply to him was, "I think that is a great idea and I will do my best to make that happen."
In trying to fulfill my son's wish, my goal is to provide high quality products and services in one convenient location for all to enjoy. The center is supported by professionally trained and knowledgeable staff. We aim to have personal relationships with our clients and customers that will last for years to come. Please check back from time to time, as new information becomes available regarding daily and fundraising events offered by SRC.
I thank you for taking the time to learn more about Sēb’s Recreation Center. If you are inspired by our vision for SRC and would like to help make the center a success, please do not hesitate to volunteer or make a contribution.
I encourage you to explore our website to learn more about specific services and programs that are offered by SRC. Thank you again for your interest in Sēb’s Recreation Center and we look forward to serving you.
President of Sēb’s Recreation Center
In June of 2013, Sēb's Recreation Center submitted a request to become a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. SRC's mission would be to help empower individuals with special needs and unique challenges. In September 2015, the request was granted and the search for a permanent location began. In the summer of 2017, a building was secured and Sēbian's dream was quickly becoming a reality. By November, the center was taking shape and Sēb's Recreation Center would soon be open for business.
On January 19, 2018, after almost 5 years of planning, Sēbian's vision finally became a reality when Sēb's Recreation Center opened its doors for business. SRC would now be able to fulfill its mission and provide a place for ALL to enjoy. On opening day, Sēbian shared his story on local television.
It wasn't long before Sēbian's newly-opened center was being recognized far beyond the local community. In February 2018, Chris Ulmer of Special Books By Special Kids would share Sēb's story with the world. His story aired on YouTube and Facebook, as well as the SBSK website. Sēbian's positive attitude, infectious personality and smile won the hearts of people from all over the world and the feedback he received through social media outlets was overwhelming.
Cody Broadway shared Sēbian's story in a 9News segment that aired on March 8, 2018. Feedback from viewers was tremendous as the station received dozens of calls wanting to know more about Sēb and how they could help support his recreation center.
Shortly after Cody's story aired on 9news, Sēbian experienced some setbacks with his health that required an extended hospital stay. Despite these setbacks, he maintained his positive attitude and continued to inspire people all around the country. He received numerous prayers and overwhelming support during his hospital stay. Upon his release from the hospital, Sēb thanked his supporters via Facebook.
As the weeks progressed, Sēb's Recreation Center continued on with daily events and activities, while promoting the center throughout the local community. During this time, Sēbian's health began to decline. Although he was not able to be at the center, he was given continuous updates at home about the daily happenings at SRC.
On June 19, 2018, Sēbian was called Home at the age of 16 years old. While on this earth, he touched the lives of hundreds of people, including those who would never meet him face to face. They, along with family and friends who knew him best, expressed love and condolences through phone calls, cards and social media posts.
Before his passing, Sēbian was nominated by Sisters Enterprise for a Random Acts Of Kindness award. His story about opening up a recreation center for the disabled community would be featured in a book titled "These Are They," written by Elinora L. Reynolds and Betty A. Funderburke. Sēbian passed before he was able to receive his award, however, in a June 30th ceremony honoring all of the nominees for 2018, Sēb's family accepted the award on his behalf.
For the next several weeks and months, Sēb's Recreation Center received cards, phone calls, and visitors from the community expressing their deepest sympathy to Sēbian's family and friends. During this time of mourning, more people learned about SRC. The center attracted more visitors, gained new members, and introduced new events and activities. Sēbian's legacy would continue, and his dream would be kept alive.
On November 17, 2018, Sēbian's 17th birthday, family and friends gathered at SRC to celebrate his life and all that he accomplished before he was called Home. Balloons were released in memory of a very special young man who had a vision and a dream to help others like himself.
Sēbian's story that aired on Denver's 9news in March 2018 earned Cody Broadway an emmy. Thank you Cody for sharing Sēb's story with the world!
Sēb's Recreation Center
1710 South Buckley Road, Unit 9, Aurora, Colorado 80017, United States
SRC is designated as a 501 (c)(3) private, non-profit, tax-exempt organization established in accordance with the United States Internal Revenue code [26 U.S.C. 501 (c)].
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