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Team Hoyt – Maybe the World’s Most Inspirational Father and Son Team

Note: We originally featured this story in 2010 but wanted to bring back as The Hoyt’s will be honored with a bronze statue at the Boston Marathon this April! This is the story of a father’s incredible devotion to his son.   His son has cerebral palsy. Despite this, they have competed together in over 1,000 athletic events…

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Jason McElwain – Autistic Basketball Team Manager Finally Gets His Chance

James McElwain, aka “J-Mac”, was diagnosed with autism at 2 years old. Now he is a 5-foot-6 senior at Greece Athena High School in New York and is the manager of the high school’s varsity basketball team. In the last game of his senior year, Coach Jim Johnson put McElwain on the roster. He did this so that Jason could…

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Friends at First Sight – Suryia the Orangutan and Roscoe the Dog

They’re great friends, even though they’re as different as can be! They are Suryia the Orangutan and Roscoe the dog. This video shows that friendship and sharing can come in all shapes and sizes. Additional Resources: Here is an article with pictures of Suryia and Roscoe. Here is another inspiremykids story about an unusual animal friendship!…

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Boy Scouts in Action!

The Boy Scouts have long been known as a top-notch group that encourages boys to be the best they can be. The Boy Scouts help boys develop character, learn how to become responsible citizens, and even improve their fitness! And the results of this group’s efforts with boys have been nothing short of amazing. Boy Scout…

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Why Can't Playgrounds Be For Special Needs Kids Too?

“How come we never see a child with a disability at a park?” This casual remark from the parent of a child with a developmental disability inspired the idea of Kilikili, an organization dedicated to creating play spaces for ALL children, including those with disabilities. The founders of Kilikili realized that while some parks have…

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U.S. Iraq Veterans Find New Hope As Paralympic Athletes

Melissa Stockwell and Scott Winkler are two U.S. veterans who became handicapped in Iraq. Upon their returns home, each found a new lease in life by pursuing a sport – Melissa began swimming and Scott took up shot put. Both athletes not only pursued their sports, but even went so far as to compete in the 2008 Paralympics! This video tells the story…

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Soldier Surprises Daughter at School

Air Force Master Sergeant Joseph Myers hoped to see his daughter while she was still in 4th grade. On the next-to-last day of school, he got his wish. He was reunited with Hannah after spending 350 days away from home in Iraq. As you can see in the pictures, Hannah was caught completely off-guard by the surprise. Hannah…

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McKenna McGough and Winter – An Unusual Friendship, An Inspiring Lesson

McKenna McGough is a typical 9-year-old girl, with one exception – she has hearing loss and needs to wear a hearing aid. McKenna used to hate wearing her hearing aid because it made her feel self-conscious. But that changed after McKenna went to the Clearwater Marine Aquarium. There, she met a dolphin named Winter……. Winter is a typical dolphin,…

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A Brilliant Idea – A Special Soccer Ball That Provides Energy to Developing Countries

The idea for sOccket came from four inspiring young women at Harvard. In the developing world, energy is often not available. And what is available often comes from dangerous sources like kerosene lamps. Often, school kids resort to studying near kerosene lamps, fires, or even street lamps.  They often come to school with soot on their noses from using such methods for light. At the same time,…

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Gavin Ovsak – Finding New Ways to Help the World

Gavin Ovsak is only a senior in high school, but already he is changing the world. Gavin is an inventor who has created five new things so far. They are things that help people do things like walk around large buildings, plan class schedules, learn math, and even organize daily tasks. But his biggest invention is something he calls…

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