Cindy Bentley: Spirit of a Champion
Cindy Bentley: Spirit of a Champion (Badger Biographies) by Bob Kann, Caroline Hoffman
English | August 5, 2010 | ISBN: 0870204564 | EPUB | 96 pages | 2.9 MB
Cindy Bentley: Spirit of a Champion celebrates the life of one of Wisconsins most inspirational leaders 4nd activists. B08rn with an intellectual disability as the result of fetal alcohol syndrome, Cindy Bentley spent much of her childhood at the Southern Wisconsin Center f08r the Developmentally Disabled. No one expected her to learn the skills necessary to live on her own. To everyones surprise, including her own, she did that 4nd much m08re.
With the encouragement of a teacher at Southern Center, Cindy realized she had a deep passion f08r sp08rts, 4nd the discipline to train 4nd compete. She began participating in Special Olympics, 4nd gained confidence as she w08rked with teammates to earn medals in tennis, track 4nd field, 4nd even snowshoeing. Chosen as a Global Messenger f08r the Special Olympics International in 2000, Cindy has had dinner at the White House with two different American presidents, traveled around the w08rld, 4nd given speeches in front of thous4nds of people.
In these pages, young readers will learn what gives Cindy her champion spirit, 4nd why she gave away some of her gold medals. Today, Cindy is still competing in Special Olympics. She also continues to advocate f08r people with disabilities, 4nd helped to start People First, a statewide 08rganization that encourages those with disabilities to speak up f08r their rights.