|President/CEO Mike Furnish and Board Chairman Buzz Lail|
Another highlight is talking to President/CEO Mike Furnish (and its not just because he told me this year that talking to me was the best 15 minutes he has :) Mike is one of the most dedicated people I have seen directing an organization like this! His heart and soul show on his sleeve when he talks about Special Olympics! This year, along with Mike, I met a new friend, Buzz Lail - Special Olympics board chairman. Buzz is a dedicated amateur athlete who has competed in triathlons and many more sports. And when I asked Buzz what athletes take for granted sometimes, he didn't hesitate to say with confidence, "The ability to do it tomorrow. When I was younger, I didn't understand that I would have limitations and that they would change over time. I knew it, but didn't understand it. Our athletes come into these games with apparent limitations, and they know that those limitations will change over time, just like the rest of us, but they face their limitations bravely". I liked Buzz the second we started the interview because Buzz sees every athlete as a talent in their events, and just as good an athlete as he is.....the SAME.....Thank you Buzz....you warmed my heart by your comments and your commitment to Special Olympics!!
|Interviewing Olympic Runner, Andrew Peterson|
Buzz said it best: " Some sports may get your body or your feet, but Special Olympics gets your heart....it gets all of you." I invite you to experience Special Olympics for yourself....you will be glad you did....I'm sure glad I experienced it....it always brings a smile to my heart!
For more information on Special Olympics and Special Olympics Indiana go to: www.soindiana.org
Michelle Fischer is host of A View from My Window, a podcast produced by The Arc of Indiana