Meet The Arc's Honored Atheletes and show your support by registering for
The Arc's 2015 5K on September 19th at www.thearc5k.org!
Meet Mandi & Ryan! They both have Up syndrome. Have you ever heard of “Up syndrome?” It is pretty common at The Arc of Greater Williamsburg and very catchy. Even members without Down syndrome eventually catch “Up syndrome” and it’s a wonderful thing! Two members who usually lead the way are Mandi Morris and Ryan Freeman. Mandi and Ryan are your average young couple living in our community. It is definitely their attitude and outlook on life that make them both so special, not a disability.
Mandi is pursuing her dream of becoming an actress through AMTC (Actors, Models, Talent for Christ). Like many young women, she is a fashion diva and very gifted. She has taught herself sign language, loves reading biographies of famous celebrities, dancing, making greeting cards, and spending time with Ryan. Ryan works at Walmart and is your typical young guy. He is very athletic and enjoys playing his Wii, listening to music, sleeping, and spending time with Mandi. They are both active in Special Olympics and Ryan won a gold medal in 2003 in Ireland! They both love to stay active and The Arc helps them do this through weekly fitness classes.
Mandi spreads “Up syndrome” by telling friends to, “Speak up for ourselves and show people that we can achieve our dreams and we never give up.” Ryan agrees and wants everyone to, “Keep your head up and never let people put you down. Follow your dreams and follow your heart.”
More Honored Athletes will be added soon!