Congratulations to sophomore Ryan Joehl on being selected as a Martin Luther King, Jr., Model of Justice Awardee.
The Martin Luther King, Jr. Model of Justice Award is an annual award for a noble cause. It is presented to high school students who have demonstrated through their attitude and their work a commitment to serving humanity in the broader community. Ryan has volunteered as a swim coach for the Disabled Athletes Sports Association for the last two years. He helps people with disabilities ranging from hearing problems and cerebral palsy to amputations improve their swimming skills and race times. He says this about his experience;
“Working with disabled athletes has made me aware how often people are judged merely because they have a mental or physical disability. Too many people instantly judge or belittle someone based on how they look or sound or move. They classify them as weird or unusual, but I know them as hard-working and enthusiastic athletes who are no different in their approach to life than anyone else, and I know rather than criticism and pandering, they are deserving of equal treatment, value and respect.”
Ryan will be honored as a 2017 Archdiocesan Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Model of Justice Honoree during the 41st Annual Archdiocesan Celebration on Sunday, January 15 at the Cathedral Basilica.