Meet Dolphin Doug- Galveston swimmer, triathlete, track athlete and just all around cool young man. While Doug has struggled with dyslexia since he was diagnosed in 2nd grade, he has been fortunate to be able to attend private schools that specialize in helping kids with learning differences. "I really like the private schools as they have small classrooms and you can get one-on-one help from the teachers," says Doug.
While reading comprehension and writing are difficult, he really enjoys math and chemistry.
As an 11th grader at The Briarwood School, he is on the A Team for Football and also runs track. This year he is hoping to break the school record in the 3200. Outside of school, he is a Triathlete and has really found his passion, even participating in Nationals for his age group in Omaha, Nebraska. Doug hopes his future career to include teaching in the field of health and always being involved in athletics himself and through coaching.
Doug is excited to participate in this relay with other dyslexics who have a passion for swimming.
For other kids with dyslexia, Doug says "Never give up. Keep focusing and trying to find what you are good at and love to do. You can achieve your goals, whether it is academics or sports, if it is something you love".
2017 Galveston, Texas Open Water Swim -
Event Date: May 19 – 21, 2017
Location: Galveston, Texas
Between May 19 – 21, 2017, weather dependent, a team of student swimmers will attempt a historic open water swim by swimming the length of Galveston Island in the Gulf of Mexico. The distance is approximately 30 miles, with each swimmer completing a portion of the swim in a rotating relay format.
All of the swimmers have dyslexia or have a family member / friend with dyslexia they are supporting. In addition, this event is being organized by Marathon Open Water Swimmer and Stellar Dyslexic, Kerry Yonushonis, along with her Business Partner and Stellar Mother of a Dyslexic, Courtney Turpin.
Each team member will raise funds for NoticeAbility, a non-profit dedicated to helping students with dyslexia identify their unique strengths and build their self-esteem. They incorporate the neuroscience of dyslexia, the best practices of special education, and the technology of Silicon Valley to construct learning curricula and teacher training programs for global distribution.
Meet Kerry Yonushonis -
On October 10, 2016, a group of dyslexic youth swimmers joined marathon open water swimmers, Kerry Yonushonis and Katy Dooley, for the 1st Annual Kids Swim for Dyslexia Relay in Galveston Bay. The group swam approximately 6 miles, with each swimmer accomplishing a portion of the distance. It was a fun, non-competitive swim to raise awareness of the strengths and grit of dyslexics.
During the summer of 2016, Kerry Yonushonis participated in the first ever Bicoastal Aquathon which included two separate open water swims on the West Coast and East Coast. The Aquathon was designed to raise awareness and funds for NoticeAbility, a nonprofit organization working to empower students with dyslexia to reach their academic and personal potential.
“I am excited to be hosting and organizing the 1st Annual Kids Swim for Dyslexia Relay in Galveston. I was so inspired by the enthusiasm, grit and determination the relay team had in Martha’s Vineyard that I knew I wanted to create a similar event here in Galveston at some point. Luckily, October is National Dyslexia Awareness Month, and the perfect timing for this collaboration between community and swimmers." Yonushonis explains.
ABOUT NOTICEABILITY: NoticeAbility is a nonprofit organization that designs and delivers proprietary curricula to students with dyslexia. Grounded in social-emotional learning research, executive function methodology and project management techniques, NoticeAbility offers authentic inquiry experiences in vocational subjects that cater to the neurological strengths of the dyslexic mind: entrepreneurship, engineering, architecture and narrative storytelling (film, literature and stage).
Your donation helps NoticeAbility create curriculum for and by dyslexics.
*TO DONATE BY CHECK*
- Please make checks payable to 'New Profit Inc”
- In memo line mention PLEASE mention 'NoticeAbility Inc'
New Profit Inc.
Attn: P. Dao / NoticeAbility
200 Clarendon Street, Floor 44
Boston, MA, 02116
NoticeAbility will be following Kerry’s preparation and swim this summer on social media.
Kerry's Facebook: Kerry Swims for Dyslexia
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