Saturday, October 29, 2011

Down Syndrome Advocate, Albert Pujols

Most professional athletes are involved in some kind of charity work.  Some have a pet cause, some jump on the most current bandwagon. 

Then, there is Albert Pujols.

Aside from being counted (by some) as being in the top 10 ball players of all time, aside from just winning the World Series with his team the St. Louis Cardinals, aside from playing and living clean, aside from being a husband and father of four, Albert is a humanitarian.

His eldest daughter, Isabella, has Down Syndrome.  She has been the inspiration behind the Pujols Family Foundation.

Among their lengthy list of accomplishments, The Pujols Family Foundation promotes awareness and assists families and people living with Down Syndrome.  It also sponsors events, such as an annual prom for those living with DS.  The Down Syndrome Association of St. Louis was given the means to open its doors and hire staff from the foundation. The Albert Pujols Wellness Center for Adults with Down Syndrome was opened by them in Chesterfield, Missouri in 2009. 

60 Mintues did a story on him not to long ago.

There is also an accompanying article, Albert Pujols: A superstar on and off the field

I have been saving this for today, the last Story Time Saturday of the 31 for 21 Challenge.  It is a fabulous story of one man and his tireless efforts to aid and give voice to those who need it.  He is an inspiration to many and living proof that you can make a difference, one person at a time.

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