Resolution J2675-2013

Congratulating Paralympian Ryan Chalmers of Churchville, New York, upon the occasion of completing his inspirational 3,000 mile journey

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  • Jun 22, 2013: ADOPTED
  • Jun 22, 2013: REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • Jun 20, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE

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LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION  congratulating  Paralympian  Ryan  Chalmers  of
Churchville, New York, upon the occasion of completing his inspirational
3,000 mile journey

WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body  to  extend  its  full
recognition  and  grateful tribute to the athletes of New York State who
have dedicated their purposeful lives to athletic achievement and proud-
ly represented their great State and Nation in  Paralympic  competition;
and
  WHEREAS,  This  Legislative  Body  is justly proud to join the Church-
ville, New York, community in honoring Ryan Chalmers,  a  young  man  of
great skill, personal courage and unparalleled dedication, whose charac-
ter and athletic achievements are world-renowned and personify the high-
est ideals of the American spirit; and
  WHEREAS,  Attendant  to such concern and in full accord with its long-
standing traditions, it is  the  intent  of  this  Legislative  Body  to
congratulate  Paralympian  Ryan  Chalmers of Churchville, New York, upon
the occasion of completing his inspirational 3,000 mile journey; and
  WHEREAS, To cross the United States by car, foot or any other mode  of
transportation,  you  need  a  certain amount of stamina, dedication and
daring; after 71 days on the road, Ryan Chalmers completed a 3,000  mile
journey by wheelchair across the United States; and
  WHEREAS,  Ryan Chalmers left from Los Angeles, California, on April 6,
2013, and finished in Central Park in New York City  on  Saturday,  June
15, 2013; his trek was to inspire others with disabilities; and
  WHEREAS,  Completing  around  50  miles a day and accumulating 14 flat
tires, Ryan Chalmers, age 24, crossed 14 states  on  the  coast-to-coast
epic, before being welcomed to the finish by cheers; during the trip, he
found  himself  going 65 mph on a particularly steep downhill stretch of
road, which was one of the challenges that tested him to the limit; and
  WHEREAS, Ryan Chalmers was born with spina bifida, which means he does
not have complete use of his legs; he played basketball and participated
in track and field as a child; and
  WHEREAS, Ryan Chalmers focused on track as he aged, eventually repres-
enting the United States at the 2012 London Paralympics; he  is  a  true
asset to society; and
  WHEREAS,  A role model for all, Ryan Chalmers is a talented, dedicated
athlete who has brought honor to his family, his coaches, and his commu-
nity of friends who have encouraged his progress and commended his  hard
work; and
  WHEREAS,  A gifted athlete, Ryan Chalmers's character and achievements
stand as a sterling example and inspiration to all who would  aspire  to
such extraordinary success; and
  WHEREAS, Many will only dream of completing this arduous cross country
task;  this  young  gifted  athlete  from  the  great State of New York,
through his hard work and tenacious spirit, has made that vision a real-
ity, and has proudly represented his country in  competition  among  the
world's  finest athletes, an honor that gives just cause for his family,
community and State to be exceedingly proud of  his  achievements;  now,
therefore, be it
  RESOLVED,  That  this  Legislative  Body pause in its deliberations to
congratulate Paralympian Ryan Chalmers of Churchville,  New  York,  upon
the  occasion of completing his inspirational 3,000 mile journey; and be
it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to Ryan Chalmers.

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