When I was a little girl, I dreamed that one day I would compete as a gymnast at the Olympic Games. While I never saw the Games in person, I tuned in my television every four years to watch my heroes defy gravity. I identified with these amazing athletes and I aspired to be just like them one day.
Tomorrow night, a different kind of Olympics is about to take center stage. For the first time in history, The Special Olympics World Games will be televised during Prime Time on ESPN. This is truly a “game changer” for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and for those of us that love them.
When I told Beau that the Special Olympics were going to be on television, he was so excited. Imagine how he’ll feel when he sees someone with Down syndrome competing in the national spotlight? Beginning tomorrow, new heroes will be born and my little boy might just begin to believe that he too, can defy gravity.