Last weekend, I gave an impromptu speech teaching youth competitors how to be leaders in their community and at school. I explained to them about Autism (see below for description) briefly, but realized it is a national campaign to help TEACH our children to be friends with and stick up for kids with special needs including Autism, Down Syndrome or any other Physically or Mentally disabilities. When I say “stick up”, I’m not saying a physical altercation whatsoever, I mean, the confidence a martial artist displays is respected and revered. Your positive energy and actions will be replicated by others, together YOU can make a difference by being a better, nicer and more friendly person to everyone you meet.

I’ve seen how mean children can be and I want to help change that, one tournament, 250+ children at a time, at UFC Fan Expos and all Grapplers Quest events worldwide. It’s my new mission. As Grapplers or Jiu Jitsu fighters, we are competitors, but we are still Martial Artists at our core. We already stand out in the community as respected and possibly revered individuals, YOU ARE LEADERS! Treat people well and be the example others will follow, giving a better life for those with special needs and it will bless your heart too.

Stand out in the crowd, you already do – now channel that energy towards making the world a better place. Grapplers Quest donates $1 per competitor worldwide to Autism Radio, a 501c3 charity helping families dealing with Autism every day. Be good to one another.

Your Grappling Promoter,
Brian J. Cimins

ABOUT AUTISM:
Autism is a brain disorder that affects communication, social interaction, and creative play. The numbers are rising fast and getting worse every year – today, 1 in 91 children are diagnosed with Autism including my 8-year-old nephew, Jonathan. We are currently raising money for one special family to help them build a Safe Padded Room for their child, iPads for Autism Classrooms and other Biomedical treatments. Learn more about Autism and to make donations please visit: http://AutismRadio.org – we appreciate your support.

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