|May 13, 2009 | ESPN Reporter Erin Andrews to Speak at May 16 Event|
ESPN sideline reporter Erin Andrews, a spokesperson for the national nonprofit Canine Companions for Independence, is helping raise awareness on the need for assistance dogs. Erin was the guest speaker at a graduation ceremony where seven people with disabilities will receive assistance dogs from Canine Companions for Independence.
The event was held on Saturday, May 16, 2009 at 11:00 AM in Orlando, FL.
Erin’s passion for dogs along with wanting to help others makes her the perfect fit to help the nonprofit. Labradors and golden retrievers are professionally trained to learn over 40 commands to help a child or adult with a disability – including opening doors, retrieving dropped items and switching on a light switch. Dogs are provided free of charge thanks to generous supporters.
The graduation ceremony was the celebratory conclusion of a two-week Team Training course where students learn the skills and concepts necessary to be effective assistance dog handlers. Canine Companions has five training centers across the country, all graduating new teams in May.