I’m really please to share a story about a young man I have seen grow and develop to become an inspiration to us all. Mike has faced the challenges that life has thrown at him and through determination and persistence plus the support of many people along the way he has achieved regular paid employment. Mike is proof of the impact of sport in creating confidence, self-esteem and the enjoyment that comes from being part of a team.
I look forward to seeing Mike’s valuable contribution to the community in the years to come – so here is just part of Mike’s story:
Michael Karseboom is thrilled to have recently started a full time paid job and credits his experiences with Special Olympics Upper North Shore (SOSUNS) in helping him to gain this position.
Mike has been an athlete with SOSUNS for approximately seven years and during this time he has attended weekly sports training and has enjoyed participating in Regional and State competions and the annual SOSUNS Dance Concert. A highlight for Mike was being selected to represent NSW in basketball at the 2010 National Games.
In addition to playing sport Mike has increased his confidence and improved his communication skills by attending the SOSUNS Awareness Days, As Mike says, “Helping to raise money for my sports makes me feel important!”
For the past two years Mike has volunteered as an assistant coach for the SOSUNS Schools Sports Programs held at Cromehurst and St Lucy’s Special Schools. Mike has enjoyed the responsibility of this position where he has mentored the younger athletes and learnt to anticipate the needs of the head coach.
In Mike’s position as a Junior Office Assistant at Acor, an engineering company, Mike uses the skills and confidence that he has gained through his SOSUNS ‘ experiences every day.
A key part of the SOSUNS success & strategy is the Schools Program delivered by paid staff volunteers like Mike – this program creates belief through an introduction to sport of what kids with an Intellectual Disability can achieve. Through role models like Mike this can only grow and grow! http://www.souppernorthshore.com