Here’s how a tiny Captain America spent his Saturday
By Natalie Draper | Feb. 15, 2017
For weeks, Brad Orme had been telling his grandmother he didn’t believe superheroes.
That belief was challenged on Saturday, though, when the four-year-old attended The Family Place’s Superhero Training Academy at Playgrounz in Logan.
Brad, living as Captain America for the day, went to the event with his grandmother, Jennie Orme.
When Orme asked her grandson how long he had been waiting for the “hero party” he said, “I’ve been waiting for 100 days!”
Being excited and being a believer, however, are two different things; he still insisted that heroes were imaginary.
At the party, kids of all ages dressed up as Spiderman, Wonder Woman, members of The Incredibles and other heroes. They also made masks, conquered an "American Ninja Warrior" obstacle course, engaged in tug-of-war with the Hulk, beat Batman in a Frisbee toss and collected sought-after autographs.
Britney Bird, the event coordinator, said the annual superhero event has always been a favorite.
“I love seeing the amazement on kids' faces when they walk in and see their favorite hero," she said.
Being able to create family memories for people is one of the most rewarding parts of the job, she said.
Iron Man, Luke Cichoski, said being a superhero to these kids for a day was the perfect way to spend his Saturday.
Kenya Rhodes and Tayli Smallcomb were volunteers at the event and gushed over “the adorable mini superheroes” in attendance.
Established in 1982, The Family Place started with the goal of providing shelter for children involved in crisis situations; it has since expanded to host family-focused events aimed at the whole community.
After spending two hours in a room filled with superheroes, Brad turned to his grandmother with wide eyes and said “Superheroes are real!”