I recently had the chance to be a guest on the "Who's the Ross?" late night comedy show at Dante's, a bar in downtown Portland, along with the Autism Society of Oregon's Executive Director Tobi Rates. Aaron Ross, long time friend of mine, is the host and asked us to join the show to promote 14th Annual Autism Society of Oregon's Walk and hopefully raise some money for Autism Society of Oregon.
He gave me some ideas that he had about bits that would be funny and that would require participation from me. He introduced the idea of the "RAWtism Challenge" where I would eat certain raw items based on the donations from the audience. I agreed without knowing what Aaron would find in the grocery store. Here's a clip of what happened!
We are often asked, "What makes Specialty Athletic Training unique?" Here is a short video that explains and shows what we are all about!
This past weekend our buddy Jack competed in his second collegiate track & field meet at George Fox University, as he continues his attempt to qualify for the 2016 Paralympic games. Jack had a poor week of training leading up to the race at George Fox University. He had to cut his training session short on Tuesday, due to illness, and hadn't fully recovered by his meet on Saturday. With a tired and worn out body and immune system, Jack entered the race knowing that it would be difficult to break his personal best of 69.8 seconds. He ran a great race, but wasn't able to set a new personal record. He finished with a time of 71.33 seconds.
The best part about watching Jack compete is the pure joy that he brings to the stadium. The crowd roars with encouragement as he comes down the home stretch of the race, the last 100 meters. His competitors, hunched over and tired after the race, look up with a smile as they see him approach them for a post race hug immediately after he crosses the finish line. Walking to the stadium to thank his grandparents for attending, random people smile and congratulate him on a race well ran. It is truly an amazing thing to witness and makes me proud to be his coach.
About the Author
Ryan Lockard, CSCS, CSPS is the head trainer and founder of Specialty Athletic Training. He a member of the Autism Society of Oregon's Board of Directors and is accredited by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and a Certified Special Populations Specialist. Ryan has worked with individuals with special needs since 2007 and has over 10,000 hours of 1:1 instruction working with individuals that have various special needs.