Meet the Bank of America employees competing in the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games

Meet the Bank of America employees competing in the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games


Erin Bailey: We’re gonna be
working on your backhands. Nice, nice! -Good!
-There we go. Erin: Nice, one more! [ Cheers and applause ] Tyler Kennedy:
I got this letter, it said Special Olympics on it. And I opened it, and it says,
“Congratulations, Tyler, you got selected
for National Games.” I was in tears the whole time,
I called my whole family, I was like, “Oh, jeez.” A dream come true. Erin: Going to the USA Games
is very important for me. I’m meeting new tennis players, playing against
other tennis players that I never played
against before, and try to beat their butts. [ Laughter ] Mark Feinour:
Erin, could you come over, I have something to show you. Erin: Ok! [ Gasp ] -I’m very proud.
-Thank you! The whole division’s very proud. Support Services
is a major line of business here at Bank of America that provides warehousing,
fulfillment, and print production. We just happen to have
a different talent pool that we employ here, where all of our employees have a cognitive and/or
developmental disability. Bank of America has a long
history with Special Olympics. The one benefit that we have
of having athletes work here, a lot of what they learn
on the court or in the pool, carries over
to here in the workplace. The dedication, the pride, the ability to learn,
and do better, makes them
not only better athletes but also makes them
better employees. Erin is so proud
of having her job. She loves going every day. She has been given so much
opportunity by Bank of America. Special Olympics is so important because it really raises
your self esteem. She is just, like a role model
to everyone else. Go right arm over. Group: Seven, six, five, four,
three, two, one. Think positive.
You can do this. Don’t put yourself down. A couple times I had to say
to myself, I was like, “Ok Erin,
just focus, come back to earth, [Laughter],
and you can do it.” And…I did it. [ Cheers and applause ] Michelle Goldstein:
To go the distance, you have to be set in knowing
that that’s a lot of work. Go, go, go! If you’re able to do 40 laps,
that is unbelievable. So if he can go 40 laps, he can
do anything he sets his mind to, whether he’s in
Special Olympics, whether he’s out there
in his day to day job, I just feel
like he’s zero to a hundred, and he gives a hundred percent
no matter what. He’s a team player,
he cheers the team on, “Let’s do this again. Here, we can do two more laps.” High fives the teammates,
which is great. Go for your goal, do what
you have to do, and do it. As long as you have a goal,
a dream, go for it. Erin: My coworkers are like,
very excited for me. They’re like, “You gotta
bring home the gold.” I’m like, “Ok, I will try to
bring home the gold [Laughter].” Tyler: I think
everyone’s proud of me. My family, my coaches, my family
here at Bank of America, everybody is just very proud
of me, of doing what I’m doing. [ Group cheers ] -Good job, good job.
-[ Laughter ] ♪♪

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