I am a husband, father, son, brother, uncle and friend. I believe in sharing my talents and experiences by giving back to the community by giving my time to coaching, church and especially to the disability community. I truly believe that all men and women are created equally.
In recent months, I have written about community and the importance it plays in each of our lives, not just the lives of individuals with disabilities, but every one of us. I would like to give a shout out to a couple of community opportunities that my family has been lucky enough to participate in.
First, in early August, we attended Marquette University Coach Buzz Williams, Buzz’s Bunch Basketball Camp. I think that this was our 4th year participating. It is always exciting for the entire family to spend time with Coach Williams and the Marquette team. There are plenty of basketball drills, but my favorite part is the player’s interaction with the campers. The players really get into the drills with the campers. I am still amazed at how Coach William’s takes the time to spend with families and learn about what it is like to live with children with disabilities. They get it. They include everybody in their basketball community.
In early September, we participated in our 11th Soap Box Derby in New Berlin (http://nbsoapboxderby.org/). The event is put on by the New Berlin Soap Box Derby Commission. With the continued help of Boy Scout Troop 41, what started as an Eagle Scout project more than 25 years ago still goes strong today. About half way through the full day of races, there are the “S” Class races. These are races in specially built cars that allow a Boy Scout to ride down the track in the same care as an individual with special needs. These are 2 groups that get it. They include everybody in their racing community.
Last weekend, we participated in our first Easter Seals Tackle Autism Football Camp at Marquette University High School (http://wi-se.easterseals.com/site/PageServer?pagename=WISE_homepage). Coach Jeffrey Mazurczak and his players gave up part of their weekend to run football drills with about 100 individuals. I know that my son watches his brother play football, now he was able to participate in many of the same drills that he does. These are 2 more groups that get it. They include everybody in their football community.
I would like to thank EVERYBODY involved in putting these events together for including us in your community.