Dave Ryan's 5K & 10K for Special Olympics Minnesota, Girl Scouts BeYOUtiful Conference, and Performing "God Bless America" at the Minnesota Twins Game
On Saturday morning, I went to a 5K and 10K race hosted by KDWB's Dave Ryan, Minnesota's most prized radio show host (he just received a Marconi Award!). All proceeds from the races went to Special Olympics Minnesota. As I was reading more about Special Olympics Minnesota on its website, I was struck by its mission statement: Through Special Olympics’ athletic, health and leadership programs, people with intellectual disabilities transform themselves, their communities and the world. I believe strongly that everyone, regardless of whether or not they have a disability, has something to contribute. They each have their own gifts to offer the world and we must pay attention. But, the way Special Olympics Minnesota puts it is far more profound; it says that people with disabilities can TRANSFORM our communities and the world. This gives me such tremendous hope that my brother Trevor, despite his Asperger's Syndrome diagnosis, will find success and make a positive impact on others. I am so thankful to the Special Olympics for recognizing the potential these individuals have to lead successful, productive, happy, fulfilling lives.
Later that day, I had the wonderful opportunity to speak with Girl Scouts about confidence, making good decisions, and being true to yourself. It was also a great opportunity to start recruiting for Miss Minnesota contestants early on! After all, just like Girl Scouts is about much more than cookies (you're welcome, Miss Idaho!), we all know that Miss America is much more than a beauty pageant. I am confident that I will see some of these young ladies at Miss Minnesota's Outstanding Teen or Miss Minnesota when they become of age!
This afternoon, I sang "God Bless America" in honor of our veterans at the Minnesota Twins game. Thank you to the Twins for inviting me to do this!