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!
Please feel free to share! Thank you!
P.S. Here’s another little video of the team!