It is easy to understand the regular Olympics, while the athletes may not receive money directly, they do bask in the largesse of sponsors. The motto of the Olympics is Citius, Altius, Fortius. Roughly translated from Latin it translates to Faster, Higher, Stronger.

The athletes are the very best, of the very best, and they come from around the globe. For several decades I have followed the Olympics, I always enjoy the ‘opening ceremony’, some countries field huge teams, other countries have a single competitor for a single event. Almost always the lone athlete gets stomped on in competition. Other counriess have better training programs, better coaches, and more money.

The Special Olympics is a far different event. It doesn’t have the razzmatazz, and it certainly does not have the corporate sponsorship. But it is a way that people with challenges can compete.

I don’t want to dis the Olympic hosts, as often the Special Olympics use the same facilities that the games were held in. Often there is no charge for the venue, this is great! And many people donate their time to organize and run the event.
The problem is that Special Olympians don’t quite garner the personal interest from a sponsor as regular Olympians do.

Very much the Special Olympics rely on the help from regular folks to make it happen.

To achieve the goal, people do ‘strange things’. My very good friend TJ Hart is not only a household name in Des Moines, running the four hour breakfast radio program for WOW-FM, he likes to do what he can for both the local community and the world at large.

On September 18 he is planning on rappelling down a 30+ Story building to help raise money for the Special Olympics. I’ll be honest with you, I could not handle that! I don’t like standing on a chair to change a light bulb. But in support, I have agreed to rappel from my front porch to the ground (3 feet)!

Help us “Toss Our Boss,” TJ Hart, over the edge of the 345 ft Financial Center building in downtown Des Moines on Wednesday, September 18, 2013, to raise money for Special Olympics Iowa We must raise a minimum of $1000. Please make your donations to:http://www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/tj-hart/otedsm2013

One look at the project had me running for the big bottle of Tums. Would you tackle this project?

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This is way too Altius for me! I am not sure that even if I had a gun to my head I would try this stunt.

I salute my friend TJ for his efforts.

Simon Barrett

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