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Inspirations

We've saved a spot on our site for these especially inspirational stories. They touched our soul and hope they do the same for you!

Challenger Baseball helps Kids with disabilities Stay Involved in Sports
By Tom Pipines, FOX6 Milwaukee, Sports Director

There's nothing like listening to the joy of kids playing baseball, especially the youngsters who get to play Challenger league baseball. The joy the kids get out of playing Challenger league baseball may only be matched by the joy their parents get out of watching them play. FOX6 Sports Anchor Tom Pipines brings the story of the Challenger baseball league.

High School Football Player with Down syndrome Scores Touchdown in Washington
By Cameron Smith

SPORTS DON'T BUILD CHARACTER, THEY REVEAL IT - Ike Ditzenberger is like a lot of other 17-year-old American football players. He dreams of playing college football. He attends daily practices. Most of the time he toils away in offensive drills. Then, on rare occasions, Ditzenberger runs into the limelight with aplomb. The description could fit thousands of American teenagers, except for one crucial detail: Ike Ditzenberger has Down Syndrome.

Couple Finds Love Despite Down syndrome, Distance  
By Theresa Harrington, Contra Costa Times

Little girls dream of finding true love, marrying and living happily ever after. Christi Hockel was no exception. The youngest of six, she watched her older siblings find mates. She caught bouquets at their weddings and yearned for the day when she would have her own magnificent ceremony. "I kept saying, 'Boy, I wish I had a husband who loves me,' " said Christi, 31.

Her family and friends were not so sure her dreams would come true because Christi has Down syndrome. Christi's mother, a devout Catholic, prayed to St. Thérèse of Liseux to find out if her daughter's romantic longings would be fulfilled.

Why Take In An Aging Man With Down syndrome? Unconditional Love
IdahoStatesman.com

It isn't Edgar Call's age that makes him unique, though it's certainly unusual. No, family members say, there's a lot more to Edgar than being one of the country's oldest living men with Down syndrome.

How 1 Autistic Young Man Runs a Business
Yahoo! News

Basketball Player with Down syndrome wows fans
MSNBC
Patrick Thibodeau, a high school senior with Down syndrome, gets his chance on the court at his schoolʼs final basketball game. WCSHʼs Jason Wheeler reports.

Gratitude For Augie's Birthday and All that Came After
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

The playground volunteers built (PDF)
Ozaukee Press
About 500 people a day of all ages and abilities worked six long
days to make Port’s Possibility Playground a reality

'High School Musical' production takes social inclusion to new level
Daily Herald
While the original movie aims to break down social stereotypes and cliques, this presentation tackles breaking down perceptions of people with disabilities.

‘A great blessing’ – Student with Down syndrome inspires ...
Catholic Online - Bakersfield,CA,USA
STUDENT WITH DOWN SYNDROME WALKS WITH CLASSMATES – Ben Stevick, center, a 17-year-old sophomore at Mount St. Joseph High School ...

Check out this recent video from CBS News about a couple's decision to move forward with their pregnancy despite a positive test for DS. Very moving!

My Brother Is Not His Disability
Newsweek
Last July, I took a car trip with Kevin, my 15-year-old brother. The music was blasting and the sun was shining through the windows, warming our faces.

Special Gymnast Floors 'em at Cambridge
Boston Herald
Kristina Adams didn’t score a point for the Cambridge Rindge and Latin gymnastics team this season. Her contributions can’t be measured with a scorecard.

Independence Day Every Day
Chelmsford Independent - Concord,MA,USA
Lisa Hannaman knows she's different. She was born with Down syndrome, a genetic disorder that causes mental retardation and abnormal facial features. But that hasn't stopped the 29-year-old woman from achieving independence and success....

The Heart of the Team
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Tim Larson set down the two baskets of water bottles he'd just filled, a job he would earnestly repeat time and again during this Friday night high school football game....

Photos reflect special vision
Kentucky Post - Covington,KY,USA
... and another Maly took of a waterfall in Puerto Rico will soon hang in the reception area of the Inclusion Network, where Maly, who has Down syndrome, works one...


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