Watching a professional football or basketball game? Taking a trip to the zoo or mall? Visiting the local bowling alley?
For Today’s Champions, it’s important that every kid can be a kid, that every fan can enjoy the game, that having fun is always an option, and that nothing gets in the way – not even a disability.
From the perspective of someone with autism, there are moments that are confusing, hard to process, and difficult to understand. What happens when parents, family, or friends are not around to make sense of the confusion or de-escalate a situation?
Today’s Champions’ goal is to provide specific autism training to first responders, security personnel, teachers, and other influential members in the community.
Everyone deserves a friend, and for most, true friendships are hard to come by. Naturally, growing up means friends will come and go. But, what does this mean for someone with a disability? Genuine friendships are rare and typically nonexistent.
BC’s Buddy Program focuses on encouraging friendships between individuals with autism and individuals who do not.
Today’s Champions was created in honor of the friendship between Bryan Clauson and our son, Ben William Hodgin. Bryan was a renowned race car driver who just happened to be our son’s best friend. Their friendship was pure, genuine, and unique. They became friends through a love of sports in December of 2011 and it continued to blossom until we lost Bryan to a tragic racing accident on August 7, 2016.
That day was a very dark day for our family – especially our son BW. Bryan had a tremendous impact on him. BC could challenge him to do things that no one else could do. He treated BW like a peer, a buddy, a true friend. Since that day, our family has been committed to honoring BC each and every day.
Today’s Champions is an organization that strives to treat all people with dignity and respect, just like Bryan Clauson did, on and off the race track. He was the epitome of the word, “champion.”