|The view from my room overlooking the hotel courtyard. So pretty!|
This was the first time I had been to DC, so of course I had to visit some monuments! We were on a bit of a schedule, so we couldn't stop and walk around many but I saw almost everything. My favorites were the Jefferson Memorial , Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, and the Washington Monument. The MLK Jr. Memorial was particularly moving, it was the perfect representation of the strength that he represented throughout the Civil Rights Movement. It's a huge mountain that you walk through, and then see that the space you just exited was created by the stone that MLK Jr.'s likeness is on. On the side of the statue is the quote,
"Out of the mountain of despair, a stone of hope"
After some sightseeing we visited a local high school where they were celebrating the Best Buddies Chapters that recruited the most people to participate in the Student Fun Run. It's always incredible to see how Best Buddies promotes true inclusion in the classroom, our economy, and society. What I loved about this group was that there was no divide between the IDD students and the others, everyone was just being a friend to each other without regard to whether or not they had a disability. And as you can see there was some dancing involved, so you know I had a good time!
|Signing the 'I'm In To Hire!' pledge, showing my support of including people with IDD in the workforce!|
That night we went to a wonderful reception held at Georgetown University, where Best Buddies started, to celebrate the efforts of the Best Buddies crew and their important sponsors. We were actually in this gorgeous old library. I wish I had gotten a better picture, but it was super dark! A few of the Best Buddies ambassadors, who are currently employed because of the participation in the program, and the founder of the organization, Anthony Shriver, spoke about the power of inclusion. So great!
|'Super Alex', a real life super hero|
And of course, here's the race! So glad I got to run into some other titleholders, it's always great when you get to reunite with sisters who are also supporting a very worthy cause!
One of the VIPs they brought in for the event was Griffin Gluck, an actor on one of my favorite shows! Of course all of the girls loved him! Be sure to catch Red Band Society Wednesdays on FOX to see what happens to his character, Charlie. Apparently it's about to get really excited...but sorry no spoilers here!
|Anthony Shriver, Griffin Gluck, and Teenie.|
To finish off the event, we drove to Morven Park for a gourmet lunch, tandem bike races, and socialization! I want to go ahead and say that Tandem biking is MUCH harder than you would think! But after a few practice laps, I got the hang of it. My partner was already a pro so I didn't want to disappoint him! At the end of the day I helped present awards with Griffin, then it was off to the airport and back to NYC!
More travel diaries and all kinds of fun stuff to come!