The Joy Of Helping
My name is Andrew Savysky. I’m a father, a businessman and a runner. I participate in and train in many marathons and I have a goal of attaining an ultra-marathon. Recently, on a long training run, I was halfway through it and a spark came to me, the idea of how I should be doing this with a runner and athlete from Special Olympics.
I was excited, I finished my run and then I called my director Linsey and I said “Linsey, please put me in touch with a runner that I can run with, that I can coach and mentor.” And it was then, a week later that I met Nasif and his family and we began running together.
So Nasif and I are training to run a half marathon. This is a distance that I believe is longer than a run that he’s been able to do to date. He’s like a racehorse and it’s been a real enjoyable experience watching him develop as a runner, to train, to develop the discipline in his mind. To run those distances is not easy and it’s something that I can see that he has a lot of fun doing.
I personally love doing it. To do something that I truly enjoy has just been wonderful and Special Olympics gives us an opportunity to do that. Instead of working on my own goals, it’s now working with Nasif to work on our mutual goals together. It has been an incredibly uplifting experience. I get a lot of gratitude and I feel great at the end of our training together.
I really have had a wonderful experience with my involvement with Special Olympics and I encourage all of you to fill that spark inside you in your own special way. To plug in whether it’s as a runner, whether it’s as a professional, whether it’s as a fundraiser, or a donor or possibly as a medical practitioner, there really are a thousand ways to plug into Special Olympics. To feel that gratitude, develop those roots within your community and to just do good and to feel good about yourself. I encourage all of you to take that step today.