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By Jean Robb

I didn’t have the best childhood. We didn’t have much, so if you needed something you had to find a way to get it. I started working at 11 years old selling candy door to door. I know very scary right, but at 11 years old all I knew was I had to sell a certain amount of candy before I could go home. When I knocked on a door, out came my foot and I didn’t move it until you bought a box of candy. The skills I learned from my difficult childhood, (my lemons) really became a blessing (my lemonade).

I learned at a really young age that persistence will open many doors. As an adult I have walked out on a stage with a tiger after Zig Ziglar and talked to over 2,000 people about overcoming their fears. I know you must be thinking…a tiger? I have volunteered for over 15 years with big cat sanctuaries and have learned you can do something you really love while helping others in remarkable ways. In today’s economy you hear lots of people say they can’t find a job. So what happens?

The longer you’re out of work, you start to lose your contacts. You’re not keeping up with the day-to-day changes in your trade. You’re simply out of the loop. The longer you’re in this position the more the fear sets in. What if I can’t find a job? I have so much to offer, how do I get someone to talk to me? Well as you can see, fear can really take a hold of you, it makes you feel like a deer in the headlights. How do you overcome these things?

First off, STOP listening to the FEAR and STOP making EXCUSES. Look, I’ve made many of the same excuses when I’ve let fear be a part of my life. I now realize that the answer to overcoming the fear is to replace it with remarkable things you can be proud of. Instead of asking why would anyone want to hire me, ask yourself why not me?

After volunteering you could say. Look at the change I’ve made in the lives of others. Look what I’ve learned along the way. Look at the skills I’ve been taught while helping others. Look at the great people I’ve met. They’ve seen first hand the type of passion I put into any job I take on. So how will this work? I have made a commitment to bring you a volunteering opportunity at least once a week. The process of volunteering can be more complicated than people may think.

Email me your news. I have included in each story all the information I received and the direct contacts to make it really easy for you to get your foot in the door.Network, Network, Network” See how you can use that experience to build your resume. Most of all how did you feel about helping others today.

My goal is to get you to share with all of us your experience. Think about how much we can learn from each other. Please email me your pictures and story to so I can post them each day. I will add the trademarks, video and links for you.

Jean Robb is a real estate agent in the Dallas – Fort Worth area who is committed to promoting the importance of volunteering for your community.We have the infrastructure in place with the best real estate team in North Texas, and the process for you and I, together can “give back” to those in need without costing you an extra dime. It’s a win/win for both of us. When you contact me, just mention this page and I'll donate 5% of my commission to any non-profit you want to help!

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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

US ambassador has a blast on Eunice Kennedy Shriver Day.... Raising awareness for Special Olympics

In this photo US Ambassador Nicole A Avant
Thank you Ted Sarandos and US Ambassador Nicole A Avant 
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Published On:Monday, September 27, 2010
ON Saturday, US Ambassador to the Bahamas Nicole A Avant, in co-ordination with Special Olympics Bahamas, hosted a celebration in honour of Eunice Kennedy Shriver Day (ESK) in recognition of her commitment to improving the lives of millions of people with intellectual disabilities.
Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham has marked September 25 as 2010 Eunice Kennedy Shriver (EKS) Day across the nation.
Eunice Shriver's granddaughters, Eunice and Francesca, represented the Kennedy-Shriver family at the event which was held at the US ambassador's Liberty Overlook residence.
The goals of Avant's event were to raise awareness about Special Olympics Bahamas work and encourage all those who call the beautiful Bahamas their home to commit Eunice Kennedy Shriver in her honour.
Representatives from Best Buddies International - a global volunteer organisation that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities - were also expected to attend.
Guests included more than 150 Special Olympic athletes, coaches, Special Olympic Bahamas volunteers and supporters, Special Olympics family members, US Embassy volunteers and representatives from a number of ministries, including Education, Health and Youth, Sports & Culture.

 NASSAU, Bahamas -- Special Olympics-Bahamas and more than 150 Special Olympic athletes, coaches, volunteers and supporters came together on Saturday to honor the founder of Special Olympics, Eunice Kennedy Shriver, through an afternoon of games and dancing on the front lawn at the residence of the U.S. Ambassador, Nicole A. Avant. 
Eunice K. Shriver was a leader who broke down barriers to improve the lives of millions of people with intellectual disabilities, their families, and communities around the world for over five decades.  Although she passed away on August 11, 2009, her legacy lives on through the continued growth of the Special Olympic movement and the annual Eunice Kennedy Shriver (EKS) Day celebrations that take place around the world.  

There are currently over 400 Special Olympic athletes from The Bahamas and scores of local volunteers and financial supporters who assist these inspirational athletes in realizing their dreams. 
The Prime Minister of The Bahamas, the Rt. Honorable Hubert A. Ingraham, officially recognized Special Olympics-Bahamas’s impact on the community by issuing an official proclamation declaring September 25, 2010 EKS Day across The Bahamas.  This proclamation was the driving force behind Saturday’s celebration hosted by U.S. Ambassador Nicole A. Avant and her husband, Ted Sarandos at their Liberty Overlook home. 
By her granddaughters, Eunice and Francesca Shriver, along with representatives from Best Buddies International, traveled to The Bahamas to take part in the event, meet with athletes and personally thank the people of The Bahamas for embracing the movement.

 U.S. Ambassador Nicole A. Avant is a long time supporter of Special Olympics and Best Buddies because she believes both organizations are committed to expanding the possibilities of people with intellectual disabilities, which fuels hope in all of us to make a difference.   “I’m so proud that I have the opportunity to honor Shriver’s legacy by recreating a mini ‘Camp Shriver’ on my front lawn,” she said.  “The Special Olympics’ annual EKS Day teaches us that differences are to be celebrated and appreciated and that every individual is entitled to dignity.”

Shriver launched a movement that challenged generations of people with intellectual disabilities to “play on” and become agents of acceptance and action in their communities.  Shriver convened the first Special Olympic Games in Chicago on July 20, 1968 only seven weeks after her younger brother, Robert Kennedy, was assassinated in Los Angeles.  In front of a crowd of fewer than 100 people, 1,000 athletes with intellectual disabilities marched in the opening ceremonies and joined Mrs. Shriver as she recited what continues to be the Special Olympics oath:  “Let me win, but if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.” Today, more than three million Special Olympics athletes are training year-round in all 50 states in the U.S. and in more than 181 countries.
EKS Day is celebrated each year to inspire new fans to embrace the movement and illustrate the capabilities of individuals who were once locked away in institutions.   It is a global call for people to commit actions of inclusion, acceptance, and unity for and with individuals with intellectual disabilities.  The Kennedy-Shriver family also supports Best Buddies International, a global non-profit dedicated to establishing a volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Special Olympics-Bahamas’ National Chairman, Basil Christie believes that The Bahamas is a better place because Special Olympics is active here.  “The courage, determination and the motivation to excel displayed by Special Olympics athletes inspires our community - young and old alike - to adapt to a new attitude of ‘yes I can'.  We owe it all to Eunice Kennedy Shriver because the spirit of self worth generated by these athletes has positively changed the lives of thousands around the world.’’

For additional information on Eunice K Shriver’s inspirational life and the Special Olympics movement please visit:

Small Steps, Great Strides

On the 40th anniversary of the first Special Olympics, Sports Illustrated presents its first Sportsman of the Year Legacy Award to the movement's founder, Eunice Kennedy Shriver, who has used athletics to change the world for people with intellectual disabilities


Photo 1:  Miss Eunice Shriver;  Miss Francesca Shriver; Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, Rt. Honorable Hubert A. Ingraham, M.P., P.C.,  U.S. Ambassador to Nassau, The Bahamas, Nicole A. Avant; Mrs. Delores Ingraham; and Mr. Theodore Sarandos. (Photo taken by Peter Ramsay)
Photo 2:  Minister of Agriculture and Marine Resources, the Honorable Larry Cartwright; U.S. Ambassador to Nassau, The Bahamas, Nicole A. Avant; Mr. Theodore Sarandos; Ms. Anita Moncur; Miss. Eunice Shriver;  Miss Francesca Shriver;  Special Olympic, National Chairman, Mr. Basil Christie. (Photo taken by Courtney Hamm)
Photo 3:  Special Olympics- Bahamas Athletes. (Photo taken by Courtney Hamm)
Photo 4:  Miss Francesca Shriver and Miss Eunice Shriver with Special Olympic Athlete, Mr. Keith Rolle.  (Photo taken by Courtney Hamm)

Photo 5:  Special Olympic, National Chairman, Mr. Basil Christie; U.S. Ambassador to Nassau, The Bahamas, Nicole A. Avant; and Mr. Theodore Sarandos with Special Olympic-Bahamas athletes and volunteers.

Are you looking for a way to play sports, be inspired or have an impact in your community? Special Olympics Programs change lives and bring people together.  Join the fun – be a part of our global community of athletes and fans.

This past March, high school and college students in the United States took the lead on "Spread the Word to End the Word," a grass-roots effort to raise awareness of the impact of the thoughtless, hurtful use of the word "retard."
That's just one way that Special Olympics works to create a more accepting and inclusive world for everyone.
Sports Leads The Way A unique nonprofit sports organization, Special Olympics is at the forefront of a global movement with the power to change the world, but also a powerful and life-changing personal journey for all who participate. Our mission is to provide year-round sports training and competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.
Every day, people are involved with Special Olympics in more than 180 countries are helping us achieve this vision – and are finding joy, welcome and transformation in the process. 365 days a year, in every corner of the world, athletes, coaches, volunteers and youth leaders are finding that Special Olympics inspires them to be their best.
Like athlete Florence Nabayinda from Uganda. “Because of Special Olympics, I am now somebody,” she says. Abandoned at birth and discarded as trash, Special Olympics empowered her to achieve. Now she is an accomplished marathoner, a valued employee and an accepted member of her community.
Like Special Olympics coach and former Olympic athlete Cindi Hart from Indiana, USA, who knows a personal reward far greater than her own Olympics performance when she sees her athletes excel.
Like Schools and Youth participant Soeren Palumbo from Illinois, USA, a college freshman who is now a student leader and a champion for the acceptance of people with intellectual disabilities and the dignity they deserve.
And like volunteer doctor Melina Willems of Belgium, who saw the dignity of Special Olympics athletes first-hand through her work with Healthy Athletes. Now she devotes a portion of her practice to clients with intellectual disabilities, and teaches and conducts research in the field.
Special Olympics inspired all of these people, and it can inspire you, too. Special Olympics is a great way to have fun and give back; but it’s the human connections people make through Special Olympics that truly change their attitudes, open their eyes to new possibilities and transform their lives.

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1 comment:

  1. I'm so proud of my brother Teddy and my Sister in law Nicole. Nicole has such a kind spirit and is a perfect person to represent the United States.
    I love you both and thank you for sharing this.