Urban Classy Spotlight: Lizette Hernandez
Name: Lizette Hernandez
City/State: Bronx, New York
Occupation: CEO & Founder of D3 Sports & Recreation Inc.
Gadget of choice: My iPhone 6 Plus, it is how and where I get most of my work done.
Personal Style: I am a T-Shirt & Jeans kinda girl with a pair of heels; because there isn't anything a pair of 5" stiletto can't dress up!
Inspired by: My 3 children. My kids have made me a better human being and motivate me to help make the world a better place.
Urban Classy is: It is never allowing someone or something to limit or define who you are! It's never forgetting where you came from, because it is part of who you are and what you become but always striving for more.
ABOUT: I am half Irish, half Puerto Rican Warrior mom from the Boogie Down Bronx. Mother of three amazing children. Two out of the three have been diagnosed with a disability. My Diva [insert name], is a lightning fast base stealer daughter with Dyslexia. My son [insert name] is a dynamite artist and baseball lover with Autism, and my power hitting youngest son [insert name] is the baby of the family but you can't tell him that. All three keep me on my toes, and have given me new meaning to multitasking. Parenting any child is not for the faint of heart but I wouldn't change any of my journey with my kids for the world.
About 4 years ago, my son Donovan wanted to play baseball. When you have a child with Autism who wants to be active - you do what you have to do to find a way to make it happen. I decided to reach out to a local little league (Bronxchester LL) and ask them to allow me to start a challenger league for children with Autism. My first season we had 65 players. Our second season we had 150 players. We are now ending our third season!
When baseball season ended, I was concerned that we didn't have anything else for the children to do. And other parents felt that same concern I did. I decided to start D3 Sports and Recreation Inc. a non-profit organization that provides sensory friendly programming and events for children between the ages of 4-18 years old who are on the Autism Spectrum. We will be increasing our program offerings to launch our first sensory art program this fall and that is just the beginning. I want to the community to support the work we are doing because there are so many families who have children with a disability who don't want their kids to just sit at home. We have a responsibility to raise citizens of the world - educated, recreated and life long learners. D3 Sports and Recreation is focused on doing that and we can't do it without support from the community we live and work in. I want you to join me in ensuring that all children - regardless of ability - have the right to play and to learn and to enjoy their childhood!