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Down Syndrome Louisville

Louisville, Kentucky

Jeff Harmon is one of the pillars of Down Syndrome of Louisville. Having served in both coaching and fundraising roles over the last 18 years, his passion and dedication for volunteering has touched hundreds of kids, families and the communities that they’re a part of.

Jeff began his relationship with Down Syndrome of Louisville (DSL), a non-profit committed to “providing support and services to maximize the unique abilities & self-esteem of each person with Down Syndrome”, 18 years ago when his son, Justin, was born with Down Syndrome. Jeff gives an average of 20 hours per month while working to raise money to expand DSL’s programs and services and coaching basketball and softball for the DSL’s Special Olympics teams.

“Volunteering is crucial, it’s heartwarming” explained Jeff. “What you get out of volunteering is something that changes your life”.

Down Syndrome of Louisville is a resource to local families touched by Down syndrome from prenatal diagnosis to end of life. The mission of DSL is to support, educate, and advocate for individuals with Down syndrome; thus enabling them to reach their full potential.

Jeff has been a NASCAR fan for 40 years, with his all-time favorite driver being Darrell Waltrip. As a child, his family would gather on Sundays to tune into the weekly race. One of his favorite memories is watching and supporting Dale Earnhardt, along with his family, as he collected his Daytona 500 win in 1998. Jeff also raced modified cars with his father and brother, and continues the hobby on the side, now with the support of his very own family.

If selected, Harmon and DSL would use the awarded $25,000 dollars to help create and update safe, modern playground equipment and sensory room renovations for their kids. An award of $100,000 dollars would support the DSL in launching their satellite campuses, which would provide social, educational and community outreach programs in certain marginalized communities.