Eunice Kennedy Shriver empowered people with intellectual disabilities to have the rights, access, inclusion and social justice like others across the world. Also, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 prohibits discrimination based on disability. Both Eunice and the ADA have helped bring justice and equality to those with disabilities!
One super hero I can relate to is Superman because on the outside he is a normal person but when he changes he has unique and specail qualities and does cool things to help others and make the world better. I am like Superman in that most of the time I appear normal, but I have unique qualities that make me stand out. I am a super hero because I am a leader and help the Special Olmypics movement for inclusion.
I participate in many fitness activities throughout the year. I do Special Olympics basketall, bowling, athletics and swimming. I also go on hikes and workout at Capital City Health Club on the treadmill, elliptical and bikes. Due to Covid-19 though, I am not able to participate in spring sports (athletics and swimming) this year and will not get to participate in the State Summer Games. I also cannot go to the health club. So instead, my indoor actvities have been the Special Olympics School of Strength and I also do a virtual Zumba class from my local health club! Special Olympics Montana has also been doing virtual trainings on Facebook Live that I participate in and I also walk on my treadmill at home.
My outdoor actvities have been hauling firewood and I sometimes go on walks and ride my bike when it is nice weather.
Russell Wilson (Seattle Seahawks quarterback) goes to Seattle Children"s Hospital every Tuesday to visit children with illnesses who are staying at the hospital. That is very cool that he does that! This is a photo of Russell and his wife Ciara with a family I know from Montana. The young boy (Troy) has pulmonary capillaritis. His family does blood drives statewide to help Troy and others whose lives depend on blood donations. #TROYSTRONG
Capital High School offers a PE class where students with and without disabilities participate in inclusive activities at school and also in the community such as Planet Fitness/ Capital City Health Club/ Bill Roberts Golf Course/ Drum Fit/ Skiing at Great Divide and other activities. It is lots of fun!
This is me with Tim Shriver, the Chairman of Special Olympics, along with Niko Medeiros, my unified former unified partner on the State Youth Activation Committee.
This my friend Bob Norbie. He is a huge fan and supporter of Special Olympics and me! He is also the CEO of Special Olympics Montana.
This is my great grandma--she supports me by buying raffle tickets and coming to my events!
This is my grandma. She comes too all of my events and supports and cheers me on. She is the best!
These are the biggest fans in my Special Olympics Family--my mom and dad. They help guide me through Special Olympics and I love them! They are awesome parents!
This is me with my swimming coach, Johnanna Sullivan. She helps me with swimming and I like when she helps me swim as fast as a can. She is always there to support me and cheer me on.
These coaches have helped me get better at running and swimming.
My school offers a Unified PE class, as well as freshman and sophomore PE and health. We also have Lifetime Sports, Personal Wellness, Weightlifting, and FAST. During Unified PE, students with and without disabilities get to work together on fitness activities and go to different health clubs like Capital City Health Club and Planet Fitness. We learn about physical fitness and how to be healthy, and even get to go on fun fitness trips like skiing!