On March 13, I attended the SABAH (Skating Association for the Blind and Handicapped) program in Marine Midland Arena. This year's event was the fourth that I had the privilege of attending.
Except perhaps for the youngsters in the audience, I would venture to say that no one could walk away from this program without having been misty-eyed or a bit choked up with emotions at some point throughout the evening. The valiant effort put forth by these handicapped people, who should be accepted and loved for their perseverance, is tremendous.
While it is very gratifying to see many adults, including senior citizens, involved in SABAH behind the scenes and on the ice, my biggest elation as an elderly American was seeing the involvement of teen-agers -- and I saw many!
Through my binoculars, I saw genuine concern in helping others who are less fortunate to gain a measure of self-assurance and happiness.
Teen violence and crime in our country have to be dealt with severely. However, I feel with the many youths involved in programs such as SABAH, our nation will be in good hands in the future.
ROBERT B. RUMSCHIK SR. Kenmore