First, I’m Maggie and I Want to Represent Team USA
March 12th, 2021
Maggie has learned about the strength of community through her involvement in adaptive sports locally and throughout the country. She’s learned that the strongest communities are formed when people set aside their differences and realize how much we can learn from one another. Read more about Maggie below.
A: Even when we have to stay away and can only connect over calls or Zoom, we’re all still together. Everyone can still support each other in different ways. For me, it was important to stay connected with groups such as Turnstone or Dare2Tri because I was still training. It was nice to have someone to talk to and be able to learn from those in my community about what they were doing to adapt in quarantine.
Q: What do you think community looks like?
A: To me, community looks like a lot of different people all together. And, yes, everyone may be different, but everyone also realizes how to treat one another with respect and how we can all learn from each other. I see this in Turnstone’s Track & Field team because it is adaptive athletes partnered with Blackhawk Christian School and we all come together and respect one another even though we’re all so different. It doesn’t matter who we are.
Q: What does community mean to you?
A: Community means a lot to me because I think people can have a hard time finding community. Life is so much harder alone. When you’re alone, there aren’t people to have your back which everyone needs.
Q: What strengths do you bring to your community?
A: I always try to be a friend to everyone and be kind to everyone. It doesn’t matter what you do, if you’re kind, it’s going to work out in the end.
Q: How do you want to be known in the community?
A: Definitely as someone who will always be there for you.
Q: Why do you think more inclusive communities are important?
A: To show that everyone in the world is equal no matter how different you are.
Q: How can we make stronger, more inclusive, communities?
A: If we’re being completely honest, that’s really hard and something people have been trying to do for years. I think we are doing a good job of it though. Any organization, such as Turnstone, that tries to get so many different kinds of people together to learn from one another and respect each other’s differences is really important.