My name is Abby Marshalek and I am so excited to be running the 2020 Boston Marathon as a part of the Special Olympics Xtra Mile team.
The Special Olympics is changing the way people with intellectual disabilities are seen in the world. Through the power of sport, Special Olympics athletes with intellectual disabilities show:
-That they can compete in 23 olympic-type sports
-That they can train and improve their skills
-That they can develop teamwork and communications skills
The Special Olympics is an organization that is meaningful to me for many reasons. My younger brother enjoyed years of participating as an athlete on the local level, and my older brother (a physical education teacher) takes great pride in coordinating Special Olympic involvement for his students as well. This organization is extremely important to my family.
I also work for the Department of Developmental Services; because of the Special Olympics, the population that I serve is able to achieve their athletic goals and is able to experience feelings of success, accomplishment and pride. The people I work with inspire me every day to be kinder, more inclusive and more compassionate. Running the Boston Marathon and raising money that will benefit the population that means so much to me is very special.
All of the money that is raised will go towards helping provide year-round athletic training and sports competitions for individuals with intellectual disabilities throughout the state of MA.
Please consider donating to help me reach my fundraising goal of $10,000 for the Special Olympics and the 2020 Boston Marathon. Any amount you can donate is incredibly appreciated.
Thank you so much!