A Champion and a Hero – Bearing Gifts

A Champion and a Hero – Bearing Gifts

Jason Brown, right, shows his Olympic medal to children staying at a Ronald McDonald House in Chicago.

Jason Brown, center, delivers toys to children staying at a Ronald McDonald House in Chicago.

Jason Brown performs in the 2014 Winter Olympics.

tweet me:
Olympic medalist @jasonbskates is a #champion on and off the ice. Just ask his stuffed animals. http://bit.ly/1CA5a5j | via @PointsofLight
Thursday, April 9, 2015 - 5:45pm

Meet Daily Point of Light Award honoree Jason Brown. Read his story and nominate an outstanding volunteer you know as a Point of Light.

After figure skater Jason Brown competes, fans show their adoration by tossing stuffed animals on the ice.

With those keepsakes in hand, the 20-year-old Olympic bronze medalist recently showed his admiration for sick kids. He visited Chicago and Winston-Salem, N.C., locations of the Ronald McDonald House – which provides families of seriously ill children in treatment a place to stay close to the hospital – to donate the stuffed animals and visit the children.

“Being part of something bigger than me is really important,” says Brown, a 2015 National Figure Skating Champion. “There’s nothing more amazing than knowing that something you are doing is helping people, especially children when you see their smiling faces and hear their stories. And they inspire me to do more.”

From renovating schools in need with Chicago Cares to spending time with Alzheimer’s patients at nursing homes, Brown’s loyalty to volunteer service began when he himself was a kid.  

Read the rest of the story on the Points of Light blog.