- Posted June 13, 2014 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Tell us the Good Stuff!
Ag for Everyone
My little brother, Jacob McKinney, is the epitome of the Good Stuff. Jacob graduated from high school last month and is headed to college in the fall. During his senior year, he was very involved with FFA (Future Farmers of America). Not only did he show pigs in livestock shows, he also competed in dairy, land, and meat judging contests and served as the chapter's President. A few years ago, my mom became a coach of our small town's first official Special Olympics team. Jacob became very involved in volunteering with the team, and loved it. A few months ago, he found a way to combine his passion for Special Olympics with his passion for FFA. On February 22, 2014, Tuttle FFA hosted the first ever "Ag for Everyone". Jacob presented this idea as an option for the chapter's community service event. The event paired Special Olympics athletes with FFA members who taught them how to take care of and "show" the animals. After practicing, the athletes put on a livestock show of their own that the public was invited to attend. Judging by the reactions I saw after the event, it was a success for all parties involved. This created quite a buzz in our small town, which is so proud of and eager to support the new (but thriving) Special Olympics team. It also gaind the Tuttle FFA chapter recognition from the national chapter. This was an incredible event and I know that if you interviewed an athlete, an FFA member, or a person in the crowd about their experience at the event, their response would give you goose bumps. There is just something special about this team and the way it interacts with our town. Perfect example of the Good Stuff. I have included photos, and please let me know if you would like any other information.