Community Connections is hosting an all-you-can-eat pancake fundraiser Sunday morning to raise funds to cover the registration costs for local youth with special needs planning to participate in the Conway Kid’s Triathlon.

Community Connections is a local nonprofit that works to improve the lives of children with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

The program provides “quality extra curricular activities” for local youth with special needs, Community Connections Executive Director Courtney Leach told the Log Cabin Democrat.

The group offers sports-related as well as artistic and other extra curricular activities during the evening hours as well as over the weekends. Programs offered are available and cater to children “with a wide range of intellectual and developmental disabilities” from across central Arkansas, Leach said.

“All children deserve the opportunity to participate in sports and claim a spot on a team,” she said.

By hosting the pancake breakfast Sunday morning, Community Connections representatives hope to raise funds to cover the registration costs for all individuals participating in the Conway Kid’s Triathlon on Aug. 10.

The fundraising breakfast will be held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday at Stoby’s Restaurant in Conway.

Meals will include an all-you-can eat amount of pancakes as well as sausages and drinks and will cost $5 per plate. The breakfast can also be picked up at the drive-thru window.

Leach said Community Connections is raising funds as a means “to remove all barriers” barring children with disabilities from participating in the triathlon.

Children with disabilities ages 5-18 years old can register to participate. The deadline is Aug. 5, and the triathlon will be held at Hendrix College.

The Community Connections division of the triathlon will include a 50-yard swim, 2-mile bike course and a half-mile walk/run.

Buddies will accompany all participants.

Anyone wishing to donate to the program or register to volunteer as a buddy can do so online at www.communityconnectionsar.org.

Leach said she is thankful for the support the program receives from the University of Central Arkansas physical therapy students and other volunteers who help out as buddies each year. The 2019 Conway Kid’s Triathlon will be the third year the program opened up to children with disabilities.