Blind Special Olympics athlete’s grand story motivates Big Show, WWE in new partnership – WWE and Special …
July 7, 2016 - WWE
Whether he’s executing his signature Choke Slam or walking in a grocery store, Big Show has an intimidating participation — station during 7 feet high and weighing 450 pounds.
Lonnie Coston, an contestant in a Special Olympics, admires the WWE luminary for his strength and glamour in a ring. Coston is a WWE superfan; he’ll recite facts on matches and all a wrestlers regularly.
Just final month he got a possibility to correlate with one of his idols, learning some of Big Show’s moves face-to-face shortly before a proclamation of a WWE’s new general partnership with a Special Olympics.
“It was awesome,” Coston said.
“He’s such good kid,” Big Show told For The Win shortly before Monday Night Raw. “He kept pointing out that we had met before and that we were old-fashioned friends. He told me we was violence adult on John Cena too much. we told him, we’re friends.”
The WWE, that has forged out a singular space in a sports universe and broadcasts to over 36 million viewers in 150 opposite countries, will support a inclusion-driven Special Olympics by swelling recognition with a tellurian platforms — be it WWE Network, radio broadcasts or on amicable media — and attend in Unified events from around a world, including China, India, Mexico, Germany, a United Kingdom and a United States.
Yet a partnership is mutually beneficial. Big Show, after assembly Lonnie, was a one in awe.
“Seeing what he’s been through, what he’s about, it’s inspiring,” Big Show said. “We’ve all had setbacks and hurdles in a lives. When I’m around kids like (Lonnie), it’s unfit not to have a certain perspective.
“It’s one of those singular relations where both sides unequivocally advantage tremendously. For us, as superstars, each time we hear we have a Special Olympics eventuality we turn really upbeat. Their appetite and happiness, we only feed off it.”
Coston mislaid his prophesy from a pathogen when he was 17 years old.
That hasn’t stopped him from competing in a Special Olympics. Coston, 28 now, competes in swimming, powerlifting, basketball and lane and field. Previously, he was concerned in Unified bowling, soccer and bocce.
He met his roommate, Shelbea, while on a Unified doubles bowling team when he was 14. His other roommate, John, has egghead disabilities, while Shelbea is a high propagandize clergyman and Unified coach.
The idea of Unified Sports is to move together those with and though egghead disabilities. The grounds is simple: Every contestant is different, though when put together, they excel. The wish is that it carries over in life.
That same regulation is what creates a WWE’s partnership with a Special Olympics so meaningful.
“When an successful entity like WWE publicly demonstrates a support for Special Olympics and marshals a support around us, that’s an impossibly validating vigilance to a 4.5 million Special Olympics athletes that says, ‘You count, you’re not invisible, your life matters,’” Special Olympics CEO Mary Davis said.
For Lonnie, the collaboration between a dual organizations is perfect.
“I get genuine vehement about a WWE since it’s my favorite thing,” Coston said. And, “I get genuine happy being an athlete.”
Big Show pronounced it’s twofold: “I adore these kids. They’re so overwhelmingly happy with a approach they contest and interact. It’s blunt force honesty, a leisure of a tellurian spirit. They can see by to your soul, man. You travel divided feeling so most better. Their adore is infectious.”
Lonnie’s favorite partial about assembly Big Show?
Coston, display a underlying definition of a WWE and Special Olympics partnership, pronounced of Big Show, “He respects me.”