I had the pleasure of meeting Pennsylvania State Senator Michele Brooks in October when I was recognized at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania during a football game for winning Gold at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio. Senator Brooks then invited me to come spend the day at the Pennsylvania State Capital Building. It was such an honor just to meet Senator Brooks and for her to invite me down to the State Capital Building was awe-inspiring.
I was given a tour of the State Capital, which was an amazing sight. The architecture and paintings were amazing and a true piece of history. I learned that all the Gold in the building is real and not just coated. There are multiple furniture pieces that are the original pieces from when the Capital Building was first built. During the visit, I was honored during the Senate and House of Representatives meetings, which was an amazing and humbling experience. I had the pleasure of meeting many State Senators, House of Representatives, the Lieutenant Governor, Michael Stack and State Governor, Tom Wolf. I ended my visit with having lunch with Senator Brooks in her office. Senator Brooks went above and beyond during our visit. She was absolutely wonderful with my daughter who was 15 months at the time and full of energy. Senator Brooks went out of her way to make sure that my daughter had everything she could possibly want or need. Senator Brooks made sure that Saraeya was running around and exploring different areas of the Capital, specifically the Governors chambers and Senator Brook's office. The Senator is so down to earth and caring, while you are in her presence you forget that she is a State Senator. She is a person that cares about the community and makes them feel welcome and I am honored to have met her and her staff. I cannot thank Senator Brooks enough for inviting not only myself, but my family and Edinboro Wheelchair Basketball Head Coach Jim Glatch to spend the day at the Pennsylvania State Capital. It was an experience I will remember for a lifetime.