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Chaplain's Corner
with Reverend Dale Burke
 
That’s the not the end of the story. Joey’s gift brought more than $500,000 in additional pledges just during the Olympics. One person can make a big difference!

Why did he do it? When he was a little boy he saw a speed skater on TV in world competition, and he made up his mind that he wanted to be just like him. Because of the inspiration of that skater, Joey trained, worked hard, and sacrificed to achieve his goal of skating on the world stage, and he made it. He never forgot the impact of that skater who inspired and influenced him to be the skater and the person he is. When that skater retired, he gave his life to helping less fortunate children and began the organization called Right to Play. His influence on Joey carried over into Joey becoming part of something even greater than winning medals, the ability to help others!

Joey said it all: “There are greater values at stake when participating in the Olympics than just winning medals.” To me, Joey is a great example of what it means to be a true Olympic champion! Give thanks today for those who have helped inspire and influence you to be the person you are. Pass it along.


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