When I was little, people always told me what I couldn’t do. It’s like that for people with Down syndrome. You hear a lot about limitations.
But at some point, I stopped listening. With the help of my parents and Special Olympics Florida, I focused instead on what I could do. I worked and trained and worked some more. And in November 2020, I made history. I became the first person with Down syndrome to complete a full IRONMAN race – that’s a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike ride, and 26.2-mile marathon.
I succeeded because Special Olympics Florida created a place where I felt included and accepted. It surrounded me with people who celebrated my abilities – and that helped me do something amazing.
I’m sharing my story because I know people with Down syndrome – or other intellectual disabilities – can do incredible things if they’re just given the chance. If they’re included, accepted, and respected.
Special Olympics Florida is all about inclusion, and this year, it’s launched a statewide effort to spread that message across the state. Called the “Race for Inclusion,” it’s a series of races and events designed to bring everyone together. The campaign will help 60,000 Special Olympics Florida athletes live richer, fuller lives, and I’m proud to be part of it. I hope you’ll get involved too by participating or making donation.
Thanks for supporting the Inclusion Revolution.