I volunteered with the WingMan Program for the first time at the Fiesta 5K last weekend and I was welcomed by the friendly, passionate team who were so excited to have me join them for the run. The experience of meeting these athletes and seeing the joy that a finish can bring to them was an invaluable experience for me and I look forward to joining them for future runs. I would highly recommend getting involved with this great organization and team.
My first experience with the ASA Wingman program was last Sunday at the Red Shoe Shuffle 5k. I was profoundly touched not only by Dave and the volunteers but the amazing spirit of the children and their families. After observing the smiles on the children's faces and the heartfelt dedication of the volunteers it became very clear to me that this was truly a win win situation for all. I feel very proud to be a part of this amazing organization and sooo looking forward to the next event!
Review from Guidestar
I started volunteering with ASA about a year ago and now serve as a Training Captain for Team ASA. It has been my pleasure to help organize, train, and race with athletes who are racing and fundraising so that ASA can continue to serve young athletes living with disabilities. I have since become a member of the board and love every minute that I spend focused on ASA. I am often overwhelmed by the passion and enthusiasm of everyone associated with ASA. I can't wait to see what comes next for ASA and I'm thrilled to be a part of such an extraordinary organization.
Our Wingman Team completed our first two "finishes" last Sunday at the Red Shoe Shufflle 5K. We were honored to race with two wonderful young ladies who got to get out of their Ronald McDonald House rooms for a thrilling run around Camden Yards. They both smiled the whole race and were cheered as true champions when they crossed the finish line. My only hope is that they had half as much fun as I did. I can't wait for Hope's Heroes 5 K in June so that we can do it again.
I had the opportunity to Volunteer at a 5K race. I was amazed at the dedication and determination of the athletes while participating in the event. I've met Dave both during events and outside of events and his passion for these kids and this organization is very evident. I've cried many tears of job and happiness watching these kids smile as they cross the finish line. And the excitement and energy at every event that this wonderful organization participates in is amazing. I feel very blessed to have met Dave and had the opportunity to volunteer as well.
I had the opportunity to Volunteer at a 5K race. What a great experience, these people are so dedicated to making sure everyone feels special and has a chance to participate. It is amazing to see the lenghts Dave will go to for his athletes. It is a wonderful organization and I hope more people learn about their great work and help out with donations so more disabled athletes have a chance to compete.
My family has had the opportunity to participate in several ASA events and they have all been inspirational and done with great excellence and care. the love and honor shown to people with physical challenges is extraordinary. We also have a dear friend and his family who have been blessed beyond words by this organization. This young man, 18 and in a wheel chair, has had his life forever changed by the efforts of this remarkable organization. Kit Elmer
I have the privilege of working with the foster kids who are supported by ASA. To be able to provide these kids with a weekly exercise program so that they can race and experience what it feels like to cross a finish line, is incredible. For the first time in some of theses kids' lives, they feel really proud of something they've worked hard for. These experiences are very powerful. I see these kids beginning to make better choices for their bodies, in school, and with their interactions with their peers. ASA has a significant impact on these kids' lives.
I have had an opportunity to see ASA's work first-hand as a volunteer. Last Saturday at 5am, I was in the car as we picked up James Banks for his 3rd Baltimore Marathon. His smile can warm anyone's heart and his face lit up when he saw the new "red rocket" chair that ASA was able to receive through a grant. James was tired with his eyes glazed over at the end of the 4-hour marathon, but he hasn't stopped talking about the race and he has a trophy case at home where he is proud of each and every medal. This season we had 38 athletes compete in triathlons and raise money for ASA. It was so easy for them to raise because of the tangible impact ASA has on athletes like James. These Team ASA members enabled 50+ other challenged athletes cross the finish line.