Jessica Kury Special Olympics of PA
Welcome back to another edition of the Fitness Lab Pittsburgh Aka fit lab PGE podcast. We are a podcast that has ethos moving a lifestyle not just an activity. We want to give a big shoutout to Richard Butler for. US to today's guest and a big shout out to today's guests for being one of the first fit loud pg guests who has agreed to appear via zoom rather than US travelling to her or her traveling to us. Thanks covid for decreasing our ability to cross bridges and go through tunnels to meet people. We can still take advantage of technology learn about neat movement events in the Pittsburgh Pennsylvania area today we are with justice. Jessica Curry. She is the director of special events for the Special Olympics of Pennsylvania, and we're going to find out about how she got involved with the Special Olympics. What exactly the Special Olympics is. If you don't know and I know I, WanNa know how the Special Olympics of Pennsylvania ended up headquartered. In Pittsburgh I was surprised to learn that what I was doing my research and I think she's got a special events coming up. This got an acronym as far as that you could participate in virtually with other special Olympic athletes. So Jessica, thanks for taking time to talk to loud PG H. Thank you so much for having me. I really appreciate it. Bye Favorite question I always want to ask people that I interviewed for PGA H. in that I always do is are you a Pittsburgh native if you're a Pittsburgh native? Why are you still here if you're not a Pittsburgh native, what brought you to? Pittsburgh. I am I have a Pittsburgh native born raised. And Baptized on Super Bowl Sunday. So you know Pittsburgh girl and. Nineteen seventies I'm giving away my age now but yeah, Pittsburgh girl born and raised scold out of state and coming back about it's probably been about fifteen years now that I've been back in the city of Pittsburgh but I did the unthinkable. I was in North Hills kid and actually crossed a tunnel and went through earth room whether tunnel cross the bridge I believe just moved South Hills when we came back, which apparently is something you don't do here. I know he's interviewed a couple of people who've done that and one of them said that her mother still refuses to come see her in the South Hills from the North Hills and say one way trade or a one way car ride that way because mom apparently does not go south and great. It's fifteen minutes. It's such an easy drive. Really. and. I'm always curious when we interview people for this. What draw drew you into being involved with what you do your with these Special Olympics what was your background to get you in this where you somebody who you are in high school made you you took an adapted class or volunteer said boy this is a really neat thing I want to be involved with this or is that something that maybe happened afterwards or a little bit later on in life? He also interestingly I did not study any kind of adaptive movement or anything like that through high school or college my degree's actually. Public speaking and writing. And I worked for the development team. So I, do a lot of both development. We obviously do fundraising for Special Olympics had been working in nonprofit for a long time if worked for a substance abuse clinic in the animal shelter. And then most recently Special Olympics I've been here for five years now and. When I work for a nonprofit, having a mission having 'cause is something that's really important to me. If I'M GONNA give all he knows so much time and attention. It's GonNa have to be to something that I really truly believe in the Organization is 'cause is absolutely something that I do believe in I grew up with a cousin who is an athlete and were only six months apart. So this organization has actually been part of my family and my life since we were children. Our Age starts about seven where we start training younger children on appropriate eating habits. It's a young athletes program than getting them ready, and then they can start participating as they get older. So she had started at a very young age and is still active where. We're going to be forty five. So, she's been doing this for a really long time. So this is literally been in my life forever. Here's. Ano- know I WANNA learn more about that because I seem to recall at some point reading somewhere in a blog or something like that that there are some special Olympic athletes who are sixty plus years old who have probably been competing even longer than your cousin is yeah. Yeah we do. We have athletes ranging in age from seven to into their eighties. We are fit lab Pittsburgh were podcast that promotes movement. We always like to find out the activities that people. Do themselves that we interview even if they're working for specific companies or specific specific on prophets, I, know we interviewed a lady in the past he said, well, I'm not really an athlete I dance three or four times a month and I swim I walk US I don't know you are an athlete I. Tell people when I teach health classes at universities like your goal is to be able to do whatever you WanNa do when you WanNa do literally until the day you die not have that fear. So I'm curious. When you were growing up, were you in active can't or are you somebody who wasn't active and maybe became active a little later on in life? Yeah. Always been inactive kid I always participated in sports all different Tennis softball. docker. you name it. I was never afraid to try it. Physical activity was something for me is just a very natural part of my life and something that comes easily to be danced in gymnastics for very long time since I was little and. That type of physical movement is something that just has always been very natural and very comfortable for me, and if kept doing things as I've gotten older definitely changed the things I can't do they used to. Buy I'm still still active still out Aaron Indefinitely. Still. Moving.