From Olympic pool to pitcher's mound, Boeing honors a young champion

July 22, 2018 in Our Community

Jackson Mayor is only 11-years old and while he may not be naturally inclined to say much, his natural athletic abilities are more than telling of just how special he is.

Although challenged by learning and cognitive disabilities, Jackson excels at sports. He has been competing since he was just three years old in everything from gymnastics to wrestling, golf, soccer and even swimming.

“There was no skill that he could not master and the teachers couldn’t keep up with him,” his father, Mark Mayor, said with more than a hint of pride. “He’s like a fish to water and competes against older athletes because the ones his age can’t keep up”.

Representing his and Boeing’s home state this year as a member of Team WA at the Special Olympics held in Seattle, Jackson made quite the splash, competing in relay, breaststroke and freestyle swimming. His hard work and tenacious spirit earned him one gold medal and two silver medals.

To celebrate Jackson’s success as a Special Olympian, and to acknowledge Boeing’s partnership with the USA Special Olympic games - providing critical transportation services and more than 500 employee volunteers -- Jackson was invited by Boeing to throw the ceremonial first pitch at the Seattle Mariners’ “Salute to Kids” game on July 22nd.

“As a Special Olympic swimmer I have trained for this and my arm has gotten better,” Jackson said. “I’m excited to throw the first pitch!”

“Supporting amazing and inspirational athletes like Jackson further extends Boeing’s commitment to being involved in the communities where their employees live and work,” said Bill McSherry, Commercial Airplanes vice president of Government Operations.

The game is one of many community benefits derived from partnerships that Boeing has with professional sports teams in Seattle, Chicago and St. Louis.

With nearly half of Boeing employees worldwide located here in Washington state, Boeing continues their commitment through partnerships here in Washington ranging from athletic to academic as well as celebrating and assisting our military veterans.

By Jordan Longacre