#MeetTheDetermined: The Unstoppable Fab 4
The band of brothers who take #fitspo to the next level.
Famous author and social activist, Helen Keller, once said, “Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much”, and the @Unstoppablefab4 Instagram account embodies that sentiment perfectly. Each photo shows brothers, Micah, Joel, Jonah and Isaac, crushing athletic challenges as they prepare for the Special Olympics World Games 2019. While they have individual goals and aspirations, they all hold tightly to a single principle that teamwork is the way forward. They are an inspiration to all, so let’s #meethedetermined Fab 4…
Although he doesn’t play it, fencing is Jonah’s favorite sport to watch. He is really interested in medieval weaponry so he enjoys watching sword fights. Jonah enjoys competing in triathlons because it allows him to do three different sports in one while having a ton of fun. Jonah credits sports for helping him become more focused and confident. Participating in athletics has also helped his brain and body coordinate like never before. Jonah’s ultimate sports goal is to improve his swimming so he can perform at his best as a triathlete.
Micah’s favorite sport is basketball because it’s a fast-paced, team sport. In addition to the physical benefits, sports give Micah the opportunity to socialize without pressure. In sports he feels more accepted for his abilities and focuses on his challenges. Micah's ultimate sports goal is to make the podium. He hopes to one day be able to play on a famous sports team and show that people of determination are capable of being world-class athletes; they just have to do things a little differently.
Joel enjoys watching American Football but like Micah, his favorite sport is basketball. He likes running up and down the court and enjoys the fast pace of the game. According to him, you don't get bored playing basketball and the history of the sport is interesting. He marvels how the sport originated in America and is now played all over the world. Joel appreciates that sports give him opportunities to play alongside his neurotypical peers. Playing unified has positively impacted his experiences. Joel’s ultimate sports goal is to become the best swimmer he can. He’s set a lofty goal of beating Michael Phelps one day and we’re definitely rooting for him!
Isaac enjoys cycling most because pedaling through a breeze makes him feel free. Sports give Isaac a real sense of purpose as it makes him feel good knowing that he’s valued as a teammate. His active lifestyle helps improve his coordination and balance. Isaac wants to explore. His ultimate sports goal is to never stop trying new things.
The team works
The Fab 4 train and compete together which helps them in the long run. They support, encourage, and challenge each other. Their mum, Cassie, who also manages the @Unstoppablefab4 Instagram page says; “Being a band of brothers and four of eight siblings, they are an instant team for any sport. No one gets left out. They are their own support network. Each has their own strengths that help bolster the other's weaknesses, thus enabling the whole team to go farther than they would be able to individually”.
Special Olympics started small when Eunice Kennedy Shriver decided to host a day camp for young people with intellectual disabilities in her own backyard. Shriver continued her work and eventually joined forces with other organizations that shared her passion for the determined. The first International Special Olympics Summer Games was held when Eunice Kennedy Shriver, The Kennedy Foundation and the Chicago Park District worked together. The Fab 4 personifies the spirit of the Special Olympics by working together to achieve more. They know that teamwork is what truly makes them unstoppable.