Today's Athlete of The Day Sponsored By ·
Sports Parents United Membership
Track and Field
Holmes Junior High Tigers
Cedar Falls, IA
What do you want to celebrate about your athlete?
Beau is 13 years old and a 7th grader at Holmes Junior High in Cedar Falls. He was born with a rare genetic condition called ZBTB18 and there are only 8 other known cases in the world. He is intellectually disabled, non-verbal, has epilepsy and yet has a JOY for life that is unmatched.
We are huge advocates on inclusion and making sure that Beau has the same opportunities as his peers. His school has done incredible with making adaptations to allow him to be successful alongside his "typical" peers.
I believe that exposure to those that are different than you, from an early age, makes for empathetic, kind adults who see beauty in differences.
We never knew if Beau would be able to crawl. We never knew if he would be able to walk. We never knew if he would be able to jog. Years of therapy, hard work and perseverance got him to this point. He has accomplished so much and to know how hard it is for him - makes him a gold medal athlete in my very biased book.
"He has accomplished so much and to know how hard it is for him - makes him a gold medal athlete."
What life skills do you see your athlete learning through sports?
It's not even what I see Beau learning as a life skill. I think more importantly it's what others that play sports with him are exposed to.
How do we build young adults with character, empathy and kindness for those that are different?
We provide opportunities for exposure and interaction. His peers are gaining even more than our sweet Beau is. And it shows in how they interact with him.
What is a character trait your Athlete has that you adore?
I love his pure joy and love for the simple things in life. The squeal he makes when he throws the discus or the shot put(using a soft frisbee and a softball - rather than the actual discus and shot - adapted so that he can participate)- the smile he had when his peers ran with him and congratulated him.
He doesn't necessarily understand what it means to win or lose, he's just happy he's there and a part of a team.
Besides sports, what does your Athlete aspire to be?
His passion is for all things construction related or farming related. He will continue to be an inspiration for so many, including myself when it comes to never giving up.
Tell us one thing you want your athlete to know.
I wish with my whole heart that he knew how many lives have been impacted over the years because of him.
I started a non-profit (all volunteer) when Beau was almost 2. It's called Beau's Beautiful Blessings and we provide funding for children in the state of Iowa that have intellectual disabilities, brain injuries, brain abnormalities and/or epilepsy for items we feel they need that insurance companies won't pay for or don't see as necessary.
We even spent 5 years raising funds (over a million dollars) and building the first fully inclusive playground (in our community), The Place to Play Park in Cedar Falls, Iowa.
This is how important inclusion is to us. His love of simple things and his pure joy inspire many.
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Who do you look up to?
Beau definitely looks up to his Dad.
What do you love about sports?
He just loves playing - no matter what it is. He really loves basketball and played on the team the first time earlier this year. He had so much fun with that sport as well.
What do you do in your spare time?
Intellectually Beau is about at the age of a 4 year old. So he loves to play with his toy trucks, tractors and construction equipment. Playing outside with our dog and his sister is something he enjoys. We frequently go and watch construction around the community. A local construction company, PCI, frequently messages us to tell us where they are working so that we can go and watch.
Check out Beau's Beautiful Blessings!
Our primary purpose is to educate and create awareness about epilepsy, brain abnormalities, and intellectual disabilities as well as helping those who may suffer from them. We wish to provide families with the help they need for things like medical equipment uncovered by insurance, special needs camp scholarships, and various medically necessary needs a family may require but doesn’t have the money to provide.
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