Team Tristen - Race for Inclusion - 2021
Dear Family and Friends -
Our Family has committed our volunteerism to Special Olympics since 2008; all of you know how passionate we are about this cause. So this will be our (Bresnahan Family) third ask of you financially (we try only to ask when it's mission-critical).
2013 – The Walk Across Texas – Raise funds for Special Olympians in Texas to have year-round athletic training to provide the Athletes inspiration, hope, dignity, and respect. THANK YOU! The ROI on this moved Tristen and his Sister closer to 2018.
2018 – USA Special Olympic Games – Raise funds for Tristen to compete at the USA Games (his equipment, training needs, therapy, rehab, etc.). You also helped us raise the money to ensure Skyler was there (travel, accommodation, food, etc.) to see her Brother not only compete but become the 2018 USA Games 83K American Champion. THANK YOU! The ROI on this moved Tristen and his Sister closer to 2021.
2021 – The Race for Inclusion – Special Olympics Florida's Race for Inclusion is a nine-month campaign to inspire people across the state to create communities where everyone is respected and valued. It is a campaign to fight the stigma, isolation, injustices, and health challenges people with intellectual disabilities face.
We are building a world that gives people with intellectual disabilities the opportunities they deserve. We are asking you to join the Inclusion Revolution with us, shoulder-to-shoulder, arm in arm. The world, as we know, is more in need of hope, inspiration, and love than we have seen in modern times. This is not directed at our Family or our Children; as a Family, we are embarking on raising funds to support the 5.5 Million Americans who rely on funds for their Special Olympics dreams. We are also asking your help to support the 5.4 Million Americans with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder), who only represent 20% of Special Olympic Athletes. Our fight will never be over, I repeat; it will never be over.
Previously, when we asked for help in 2018, one of the questions we asked Tristen was, “If people support you financially, are you a good investment with their money, time, and compassion?” His answer was an emphatic yes. He followed that up with his 2018 USA Games Championship, and since then has also won the AAPF Powerlifting Special Olympics American Championship in 2019 and 2021, in addition to winning the AWPC Powerlifting Special Olympics World Championship in 2019 (competing for #2 in October in 2021 in Chicago, IL).
Tristen has decided that he now wants to be an Ambassador to those who cannot speak and communicate as well as he can, like his Sister, Skyler. We are not asking you to support our Family; we are coming full circle and asking you to help Tristen as he continues to break every barrier and stereotype that Autism was supposedly going to prohibit in his life. Still, now he wants to pay it forward, at 21 years old.
Today, Tristen is gainfully employed part-time, a full-time college student carrying a 3.67 GPA at Community College, will graduate with his Associate Degree this Summer, and has already been accepted to two Universities (more news to come about this and his academic future). So today, we are asking you to now invest in “Team Tristen” so that he can now, with his voice, advance to the next generation of Athletes with Intellectual and Development Disabilities.
How can you help?
Team Tristen needs money; even $1 (plus 3% admin fee) goes 100% towards Special Olympics Athletes; just like Tristen and Skyler were recipients before, Tristen wants others to get the opportunities he and his Sister were gifted. Words are nothing compared to pictures, please watch this link:
If you and your Family are compelled to help Tristen advance the advocacy goals of his peers to have the same opportunities he had, the link is below.
Our Family thanks you in advance for the opportunities you have given our Children over the past 13 years through Special Olympics when we as parents could not financially do it alone.
It is our time to pay it forward, and Tristen is now the Ambassador of our Family’s fight for Inclusion.
Neil, Zsuzsi, Tristen, and Skyler
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