Friends, family, sports-fans and supporters of people with disabilities, my campaign manager, Jack Sullivan and I are extremely excited to share that on April 20, 2020 I will be running the Boston Marathon on team Special Olympics MA.
My brother Jack has been instrumental in shaping my view on the importance of inclusion- in schools, on the field, and in everyday life. Sports are also a significant part of my life and I have experienced its transformative power to instill confidence, improve communication and integration, and develop a healthy lifestyle. I also have seen first-hand the impact sports and teams of SOMA have on people with intellectual disabilities. Jack often will wear his medals and/or Special Olympics gear out to dinner or at large gathering. He is quick to proudly point out his involvement to a stranger. In a world where he may not always be accepted, his involvement with SOMA gives him purpose, pride and relatability to those without an intellectual disability. Through Special Olympics, Jack has been empowered. He has been celebrated, supported, and loved. Jack has learned to be a teammate. To work hard to be part of something. To cheer on the underdog. And to be brave and prove them wrong when the world has labeled you as that underdog.
I want to run for Jack, his teammates and all the incredibly dedicated SOMA athletes. I want to run so the world can continue to witness the courage, character, dedication, dignity, and worth of people with intellectual disabilities through SOMA. I want to run for inclusion and to support the immensely important Unified Sports Program.
Thank you for reading, thank you for supporting Special Olympics MA, and thank you for your encouragement in the next few months. Boylston Street finish line- see you on April 20, 2020 (Jack's 29th Birthday!)