My Letter to Tom Ricketts

My name is Stefan Xidas. I'm 30 years old and have Down syndrome. A dream of mine has been to sing the National Anthem at a Chicago Cubs game.

I'd like to make a deal with Tom Ricketts, the owner of the Chicago Cubs. If I'm able to raise $5,000 for the Special Olympics Organization, Tom Ricketts will let me sing the National Anthem at a Cubs game. 

If Tom isn't able to make this happen, I will still be donating the money to the Special Olympics. This is an organization that is helping so many people like myself. I really love and appreciate the work that they do.

Thank you and go Cubs!

Stefan Xidas

Did you know that Special Olympics is Illinois' largest sports organization for people with intellectual disabilities? And today, when you donate to Special Olympics International, you'll contribute the equipment, attire, and health supplies that can help transform an athlete's life — both in Illinois and around the world.

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Stefan Xidas 
Wilmette, IL
Special Olympics Illinois (So Ill) 
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