Need Your Vote PLEASE before Thanksgiving (Thursday)!

danrichardsDan Richards and his son

I’m asking for your help today and knowing how wonderful our community is, I am hoping that you will do me this small favor because it’s a good thing to do, it takes 3 minutes tops and because it helps others.  A friend sent me a heartwarming email with Dan Richards’ story about how he is a local hero who makes a difference in his own son’s life as well as many others who are disabled.  His story touched my heart and I forwarded the email to whomever I thought would vote.  The funny thing is that 2 friends have already contacted me this morning to tell me that they know him personally (I don’t know him nor did I know of him and his great personality), and they took the time to tell me how happy they were that I had forwarded the email about their friend.  Small world, isn’t it?

Dan is an inspiring football coach in Point Pleasant, NJ who has been instrumental in starting a “Challenger Football Team”.  Challenger Sports are run by volunteers who provide sport experiences for children with disabilities.  Baseball, soccer, track, surfing, basketball, they all have Challenger Teams.  What a heartwarming story to hear how people are MAKING A DIFFERENCE in the lives of children with special needs!

There is a team now of 13 players who practice on Thursdays and play on Sundays.  The local high school team players are the Challenger players’ buddies ~ they teach them the game, they practice with them and they play with them.  What a win-win situation for all involved!

So why am I telling you all this?  Coach Dan has submitted a video to the NFL’s contest “My Football Story” ~ the winners get a trip to the Super Bowl complete with a “Meet and Greet” session and other goodies.  Please click on the link below, watch the 3 minute video and then “LIKE’ it so that he can win!

Click here to vote for Coach Dan Richards!

Please feel free to share!  Thank you!

Shine On!


P.S.  Here’s another little video of the team!

26 thoughts on “Need Your Vote PLEASE before Thanksgiving (Thursday)!

  1. How could I NOT vote for this??? Being the sister in law to Carlton (who has been featured in a lot of my blog posts!) who has Down Syndrome this is very close to my heart. What a wonderful program. Voted and am sending it on to others!!! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Thank you for sharing this beautiful story…..I voted! And thank you for the reminder of how getting involved really can make a difference. Happy Thanksgiving!!!

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