Last June I posted here about volunteering at the 2011 Summer Games and how rewarding of an experience it was. Being a part of these events gives you this feeling that is hard to describe and makes you feel like you a part of something big.
My friend at the Special Olympics sent me an email this week suggesting that I bring tissues to the dinner. I could see why. As soon as I walked in the door and saw the NJ members of Team USA walking around with their medals that they won at the National games I was tearing up. I knew it was going to be a great night.
We were excited because Colin made a quick appearance in the opening video of the night. Before dinner there were awards for the sponsors of the Special Olympics and then after dinner we were privileged to have Eric LeGrand as the guest speaker for the evening. If you are unaware of who he is, he was a football player at Rutgers University who was paralyzed last football season during a game. Since his injury, he is well known for his heart and determination to improve and one day walk again. He was incredibly inspiring and we were able to go up to tell him and his mom at the end of the evening. The one really neat thing about Eric was that he has been involved in volunteering with the Special Olympics long before his injury.
However, for Chris and I, the highlight of the evening after a very inspirational, amazing and heart warming awards dinner, was to see our little boy, up on the big screen to end the closing video of the night. Now, Chris and I were already crying through the entire video because it was that great, but then when you think the video is ending, Colin appeared on the screen! Needless to say, I was balling.
What an emotional and amazing night. While I was sitting there crying through the video, all I could think was wow...I am so lucky to be a part of this. I am so Thankful for Colin.
special thanks to the special olympics of nj for sharing the video...what an amazing night. Thank you!