Downs syndrome Man sings at ballpark

Many people dream of singing the national anthem at a major sports event, but few can do it with a spirit rivaling Michael Mullins.

Here is a video of him here…

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Mullins, a 38-year-old die-hard Red Sox fan, has Down syndrome. Last week, he realized a dream he’s had for nearly a decade: Singing “The Star-Spangled Banner” at Fenway Park, capacity 37,400, to open for the Red Sox.

According to the Metro West Daily News, Mullins has spent the last 10 years singing the national anthem for a minor league team, and four years lobbying the Red Sox for a chance to sing at Fenway. He’s been helped along by the Michael Lisnow Respite Center in Hopkinton, Mass., where he lives.

“Nope, I’m not nervous,” he told Boston’s WCVB in an interview before the big day. “Piece of cake.”

“He is so excited. This is the biggest day of his life,” added center director Sharon Lisnow.

Mullins really is becoming the talk of Beantown. News of Mullins’ performance tonight is quickly getting around, according to Alex Dunn, liaison from the Center who’s assisting Mike on his big day.

“We’ve been walking around, and he’s in a Rex Sox shirt, and people keep asking him if he’s going to the game,” Dunn says. “We tell them, ‘Oh, he’s not just going to the game, he’s singing the National Anthem!’ Everyone wants to shake his hand.”

For Mullins, the gig is also an opportunity to raise awareness for a cause dear to his heart.

“I like doing disability awareness,” Mullins remarks, as he’s performing on the park’s Disability Awareness Day.

Blade runner makes Olympic history

Oscar Pistorius, known as the blade runner, made history this week when he competed in the London 2012 Olympic games and made the semi-final of the 400m for men.

80,000 adoring fans were on hand to watch him make history Saturday as the first amputee to compete in track at the Olympics.

“I’ve worked for six years … to get my chance,” said the South African, who finished second and advanced to Sunday night’s semifinals. “I found myself smiling in the starting block. Which is very rare in the 400 metres.”

Oscar  was born without fibulas and his legs were amputated below the knee before he was a year old.

This incredible story illustrates that anything is possible in life and those who work hard will be rewarded.

Olympic 2012 preparations going well

From Channel News Asia

The International Olympic Committee’s chief inspector said Thursday preparations for the 2012 London Olympics were “on the right track” after his team spent three days visiting the construction sites.

“We can confirm that London 2012 is on the right track,” Denis Oswald, the chair of the IOC’s coordination commission, told journalists.

“We had an opportunity to see the (Olympic) Park and for many of us it was the first time since May last year and we were deeply impressed by the progress made.

“The stadium is impressive, also the Olympic Village,” he added.