Tonight, at the varsity soccer match at my son’s high school, Down Syndrome Awareness Month was recognized. I wrote this brief PSA, which was read right as the first half ended:
“October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month. Team manager Alex is proud to be part of the Olentangy Berlin soccer family, and he also happens to have Down syndrome. He and his family want everyone to know that people with Down syndrome are equal and able members of their communities, and they are grateful for the support and friendships Alex has at Berlin. Please join them in their mission to show the world that inclusion matters. Thank you, and as Alex says, ‘Go Bears!’”
I missed grabbing a video of the announcement, but as it was read, Alex was jogging alongside his teammates, cheering them on and getting high fives from his peers.
I’d be lying if I said I didn’t tear up a bit.
This is what inclusion looks like.