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inclusion through sport

The other day, I had a well-meaning but very discouraging conversation about Unified Sports that only solidified the importance of its mission: to create opportunities for disability awareness, acceptance, and inclusion in sport and in the greater community. “So is that basketball team just for the special needs kids or do the regular students play…

sometimes frowns // never “downs”

No Matt Man story time for this post. Simply two important bits of information for you all. I know all of the pictures I share of my brother or William show smiles or sillies. Much of the time these pictures are representative of their overall positivity and joy-filled personalities. Even though happiness seems to exude…

feet flops // loves cops

Learning fact: people with Down syndrome have hypotonia (low muscle tone). Because of this, they are often “floppier” and more flexible, and their feet have a way of slapping the ground when they walk. As a result, Matthew’s walk is quite distinctive, and even at age 20, he can pull both of his feet behind…

when God hits ‘save’

I remember within the first few months of dating my husband, he asked me about my dreams, my plans, the calls I believe God had placed on my life. I watched his eyes grow wide as I shared one of them – my heart for the nation of China – and I stated that I…

when dr pepper changed my life

2011 was halfway through my senior year of high school. I had done my college visits, received my letters of acceptance, and had the daunting task of making a decision of which institution to attend for higher education. Hope College was my first choice. But of course, money was an unfortunate factor in making this…