Amway exec goes off the deep end

Feb 23, 2010

I have volunteered at Special Olympics games with my daughter and even attended opening ceremonies of the International Games. It is an incredible experience. But I’ve never gone as far as Jim Ayres, VP of Quality Assurance for Amway.

Jim jumped into an icy lake last weekend to raise awareness – and money – for Special Olympics. He has been a longtime advocate for this cause and has given in many ways … just not this one yet. In Jim’s words:

I have been involved in this great cause for over 20 years as a coach, volunteer and board member representing Amway. Special Olympics impacts the lives of so many people…those in need, their families, and those who volunteer. By contributing to Special Olympics, or just getting involved, you ARE making a difference in our community!

I decided to jump into the frigid waters of Reeds Lake this year as a part of the Polar Plunge, the primary fund raising effort for Special Olympics. Proceeds from the Polar Plunge support year-round sports training and athletic competition for more than 17,000 children and adults with intellectual disabilities who live in Michigan.

In many states Special Olympics is cutting back on programs due to lack of funds. As you know, Michigan faces similar challenges. The good news is that we have made many changes to make our games and events more efficient, but further cutbacks will mean many athletes can’t participate. We can’t let that happen, and that is why the Polar Plunge is so important!

So yes, I jumped into Reed’s Lake on February 20 for the cause! Thanks to my friends and colleagues I raised over $3,700, which certainly made it worth it. The final numbers aren’t in, but we are approaching $300,000 raised through 19 Plunges across the state. That’s great news for our athletes, their families, and our communities.

Jim’s website can be accessed by clicking here, and it’s not too late to donate!

Yes, Jim was a football player at Grand Valley State University

Still clutching the ball … for dear life!

  • 2 Comments

    • James Taylor says:

      From everyone over here at Special Olympics Michigan, thank you to Jim and all of his fans, for supporting the plunge and the life changing programs of Special Olympics Michigan.All the Best,Jim TaylorSpecial Olympics Michigan

    • Guest says:

      Thank you Jim! Your committment to Special Olympics Michigan is truly an inspiration!

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