My Journey with Shake-A-Leg Miami
by Nick Zamorano
It all started in 1997. I had just turned 8 years old, and my parents were looking for a place where I should go for summer camp. Back then, there wasn’t Google or any other search gadget. One day, we came upon a six-week summer camp in Coconut Grove offered by Shake-A-Leg. When we arrived, there were only two trailers, four kayaks, and four sailboats. That is where my journey started and continued up until the age of 14 when I decided to become a mentor. Then, at 16, I became old enough to volunteer. When I turned 18 years old, I joined this program being offered through Miami-Dade Public Schools called Project BRIDGE, which happened to be located on the second floor at Shake. In 2009, I graduated from the BRIDGE program at 21 years old. I decided to continue my involvement with Shake-A-Leg by working there after graduating from the BRIDGE program.
In 2018, on New Year’s Day, Harry got an email from the Advocacy Network on Disabilities stating that 1 out of 10 people was being chosen for the Breakfast of Championship Award for Volunteer of the Year, and they ended up choosing me! I was very honored and flattered because Shake-A-Leg has always treated me not only as a staff member but like family. This is something I will always remember, and nothing will stop me from continuing to build my legacy and the impact I leave behind for Shake-A-Leg.