Joel Meredith is an ultra-distance runner. He participates in the prestigious races that take runners across continents and through some of the world’s most forbidding terrains, from scorching Sahara desert to the altitude of the Alps. Because this extreme type of racing draws keen interest, Joel sees his passion as a way to raise awareness and funds for a cause important to him: Special Olympics.
Special Olympics was a natural choice for Joel – his niece, Madison (or Maddie) is a Special Olympics athlete. The proud uncle describes his young niece’s accomplishments: 3 gold medals in basketball, 2 gold and 1 bronze in bowling, and a silver and a bronze in track & field. “It’s a wonderful outlet for her, and something that would not be available to her if not for Special Olympics. Special Olympics events are also a great opportunity for her brothers and family to rally around Maddie. It brings everyone together.”
Beyond his personal connection to the organization, the mission of Special Olympics also speaks to Joel: “I firmly believe that sports transform lives. Through athletics, I’ve learned that discipline, persistence, perseverance, and relentless pursuit of a goal are qualities that not only make a good athlete, but also make a great person.”
Joel approached raising funds the same way he approaches training – sticking to his goals, following through, and regularly reaching out to friends and family. He has raised nearly $2,500 for Special Olympics. “By supporting Special Olympics, you support an organization that helps make the lives of others better. What could be more important than that?”
Whether you are training for a race, planning a special celebration, or simply want to make a difference, we encourage you to get involved and raise much needed funds by reaching out to your personal network of friends, family, and community members. It is a great way to be involved and you will make an enormous difference.