Selfadvocatenet.com is in support of  Black History Month 2021

I will try to highlight famous celebrities that are black having a disability that have contributed to our society.

 

 

What is Back History Month

Every February, people in Canada are invited to participate in Black History Month festivities and events that honour the legacy of Black Canadians and their communities.

During Black History Month, people in Canada celebrate the many achievements and contributions of Black Canadians and their communities who, throughout history, have done so much to make Canada the culturally diverse, compassionate, and prosperous nation it is today.

The 2021 theme for Black History Month is: “The Future is Now”.

Remembering Rafer Johnson

 

Here is an inspiring story Special Olympics Ontario athlete Eddie Nicks for Black History Month

Eddie Nicks, Special Olympics Ontario, soccer

We asked Eddie Nicks, Special Olympics Team Canada 2019 soccer player – and bronze medalist – to reflect on #BlackHistoryMonth and the importance of diversity.

Q. Is there a Black athlete who inspires you?

A. The person that inspired me growing up is Michael Jordan, because of his leadership with his team the Chicago Bulls – his amazing work ethic in practice, his game performance, and his team player skills. He has incredible determination, a passion for the game, he motivates and pushes his team to be successful. He’s an incredible role model.

Q. Why is diversity and inclusion important in sport – and in life?

A. Diversity should be important because people around the world deserve to be treated with respect and included – no one should ever be discriminated against. Everybody around the world deserves to be treated with dignity and respect.

Thank you, Eddie!

His story on SpecialOlympics Canada website go to the link here

 

 

Another inspiring story from Special Olympics Ontario athlete Peter Snider for Black History Month

Peter Snider, Special Olympics Ontario, athletics

For #BlackHistoryMonth, Special Olympics Ontario’s Peter Snider reflects on the athletes before him who lead the way.

“Jackie Robinson was one of my favorite sports stories – and the movie about him, 42. He was the first Man of Colour to play baseball. It’s inspiring. Back in those days, it’s like they were scared of People of Colour. But over the years, Black people and People of Colour started to dominate in all sports: baseball, basketball, soccer, track, and field… just look at the Olympics finals in the men’s and women’s 100-metre and 200-metre!”

Thank you, Peter!

Her story on special Olympics Canada website check here

 

 

 

Another inspiring story from this time Special Olympics Athlete from Quebec  Gabriel Dupuy for Black History Month

For Black History Month, we are celebrating Special Olympics’ Black athletes, volunteers, and supporters who fight for inclusion every day on and off the field.

Meet Special Olympics Quebec’s Gabriel Dupuy. An athlete for the past eight years, he participates in athletics and Powerlifting. Read below for a Q&A as he reflects on Black History Month and the importance of diversity.

Q: Is there a Black athlete who has inspired you?

A: Yes.

Usain Bolt: He’s a great athlete. He has been a role model to me, because of his perseverance and his willingness to always improve in order to become a great athlete.

Andre De Grasse: He is a young athlete who has made his way among other top athletes. I identify with him a bit because of his journey to get to where he is. He also perseveres, as he had to work hard to get to the Olympics. It was remarkable to see him running with Usain Bolt.

Q: Why is diversity and inclusion important in sport?

A: This is of great importance because it allows athletes to evolve more, to surpass themselves, to value themselves. As an athlete with a disability, training with a group on a regular basis has helped me to surpass myself and has allowed me to work more on my running techniques. I show that even with a disability, you can still fit in, and other athletes see me first and foremost as an athlete and not as someone with a disability. Inclusion helps to avoid isolation.

Q: How do you fight for inclusion?

A: For my part, as an athlete participating on a regular track and field team, I tell my friends about my experience in sport, my integration and my journey. Showing them the result of my efforts (my medals) could perhaps encourage them to join a sports group.

Thank you, Gabriel!

His story on SpecialOlympics Canada website go to the link here

 

Another inspiring story from Special Olympics Athlete from Ontario is Monique Shah for Black History Month

Meet Special Olympics Ontario’s Monique Shah. She’s been with Special Olympics for 23-years, participating in bowling, bocce, curling, athletics and snowshoeing. She was named Special Olympics Canada’s 2020 Athlete of the Year. Read below for a Q&A as she reflects on Black History Month and the importance of diversity.

Q: Is there a Black athlete who has inspired you?

A: Mohammad Ali is a Black athlete who inspires me and a lot of people around the world who are not Black. His image, story and contribution can be seen and felt around the world in sport and in life. He stood up for truth, principles, and justice regardless of the cost.

Q: Why is diversity and inclusion important in sport?

A: Diversity and inclusion are important for everyone to consider both in sport and life because it is a reminder for us to have empathy and understanding. When all are included, we have an opportunity to become better individuals and strengthen our skills and communities.

Q: How do you fight for inclusion?

A: I show up and I participate and encourage others to do the same. In order for the fight for inclusion to be successful, it requires active participation and implementation all year round from all members of society.

Thank you, Monique!

Her story on Special Olympics Canada website go to the link here

 

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