The UCF Alumni Association honored Limbitless Solutions with its 2015 Michelle Akers Award at the annual Black & Gold Gala on Oct. 22.
Limbitless Solutions, which manufactures personalized bionics and solutions for disabilities, is a nonprofit organization founded by UCF students, which is dedicated to building a generation of innovators who use their skills and passion to improve the world around them.
This is the first time the Michelle Akers Award has been presented to students, and to a group. It’s the university’s highest award given to alumni who have brought international, positive attention to UCF through their accomplishments.
Previous winners include:
Olympic gold-medalist volleyball player Phil Dalhausser, ’02 (2009)
“Curb Your Enthusiasm” actress Cheryl Hines, ’90 (2008)
Miss America 2004 Ericka Dunlap, ’05 (2004)
“Blair Witch Project” creators, Robin Cowie, ’93; Gregg Hale, ’95; Mike Monello, ’92; Dan Myrick, ’93; and Ed Sanchez, ’93 (1999)
1991 & 1999 Women’s World Cup champion soccer player Michelle Akers, ’89 (1996)
The alumni association recognized the Limbitless Solutions team for its life-changing, innovative solutions it has provided to children.
With the help of actor Robert Downey Jr., they presented then 6-year-old Alex Pring with an “Iron Man”-themed bionic arm — a video (view in “Other Videos” below) that has more than 53 million views. And, the team’s work has brought about media opportunities in more than 150 countries, totaling more than three billion impressions on social and conventional media for Limbitless Solutions and UCF.
The team plans to bring 75 bionic limbs, and books, to displaced Syrian children this year, but that’s just the beginning of what they hope will be a broad-based, global, humanitarian effort.
Twenty-two UCF Chamber Singers will share the stage with the Rolling Stones next week, when the band hits the Citrus Bowl as part of its Zip Code tour.
The American Athletic Conference released two kickoff times for the UCF football season. The Knights take on Furman Saturday, Sept. 19, at 6 p.m. (also Family Weekend) and East Carolina Thursday, Nov. 19, at 7:30 p.m.
Orlando Repertory Theatre, in partnership with UCF, announces its popular summer camps held on the UCF campus. Designed to foster self-confidence, creative thinking, collaboration and trust through the medium of performing arts, The REP’s UCF camps are held in the state of the art Performing Arts Center.
There are 25 camps for rising 1st through 10th grade students, including creative dramatics and musical theatre camps. After Care is available. Advanced training camps in Acting or Musical Theatre are also available for rising 9th – to graduating 12th grade students. Weekly camps are June 15 to August 7. All camps are taught by professional Teaching Artists.
Additional camps are available at The REP’s Loch Haven location and in downtown Celebration. For questions, please contact Ashley Bigge in The REP’s Youth Academy at [email protected] or 407.896.7365, ext. 219.