O’Connell Seeking Partners for 2017 Champion Challenge



Devin has lived the life of many youth who struggle to find their place in the world. Diagnosed at the age of nine with Asperger Syndrome, a form of high functioning Autism, Devin struggled socially, had difficulty making friends, and encountered bullying at a young age. Fortunately, Devin followed his passion of becoming a race car driver. He began racing go-karts at the age of nine. The environment at the track proved to be a great place for Devin to  socialize with other kids who also loved to talk exclusively about racing and cars. Devin wants to use what he has learned to inspire and give hope to others. He has used his gift of public speaking to talk to schools and other groups about having Asperger Syndrome and how he has managed to turn his disability into a different type of ability.

Champion Challenge

  • Speak to groups and schools on the topic of exceptionalities. Looking to motivate, inspire, and give hope
    • Find your purpose, your passion
      • What do you love to do
      • Find your people
      • Learn social skills in a comfortable environment
    • Inclusion
      • Everyone has something to offer
      • Buddy System
    • Respect
      • Respect earns respect
      • Treat others like you want to be treated
      • Anti-Bullying
    • Leadership
    • Mentorship
  • Have participants submit their story of overcoming personal challenge or how they made a difference in another person’s life
  • Corporate partner swag for attendees
    • Additional swag for inspirational stories submitted
    • GRAND PRIZE for the winning story to include Honorary Crew Member at a race all expenses paid

Link: Key Note Speech on Exceptionalities Day at Polson Middle School, Madison, CT