Height: 5" 1" | Eye Color: Brown | Hair Color: Brown
Chad was born in Norfolk, Virginia on October 9, 1985. His loving parents knew right away that he was special. As a baby with down syndrome, they knew that there were challenges ahead. Through consistent effort and support, Chad excelled in many areas of intellectual and personal growth. Chad cites Elvis Presley as a major influence in his life. Elvis motivated his desire to dance, perform, and learn guitar. In his travels throughout the country, Chad remembers his visit to Graceland to be one of the most memorable.
As Chad reached his teenage years this influence and need to perform pushed him to participate in competitive sports where he earned a Letter in Track and Field from Cox High School, and was awarded the Athletic Participation Award for his sportsmanship on the Football Team. It was here and through the efforts of his family and teammates, Chad fell in love with physical fitness and nutrition. A strict regime he maintains to this very day. Chad graduated Cox High School with a 3.9 GPA.
Chad never was one to let his disability stop him. In 2004 he began his first job at Sugar Plum Bakery in Virginia Beach, and worked there until 2020. Chad's need for more didn't stop there. He took on two more jobs. He was employed at Shorebreak restaurant until 2020 and is currently employed by Maguire & Sons Auto Brokers both of Virginia Beach. Chad's longevity at these employers represents a stance that people with special needs can be exceptional and long term employees; breaking a stigma that exist in our culture.
As an competitive and driven adult Chad has taken on many recreational challenges. He has competed and excelled in Special Olympics through powerlifting, swimming, and volley ball. In 2014 Chad took on his first dance competition and has since won 5 Mirror Ball trophies through Dancing with the Athletes. He also competed and placed in both the 2018 and 2019 Dancing for Paws events in Norfolk, Virginia. He actively plays guitar and maintains his admiration for Elvis. He also travels his city for recreation and work via public transit, cooks his own meals, and is passionately self sufficient.
Chad is a remarkable testament to human will and spirit. His positivity can be found everyday behind his wonderful smile and his love of helping others. Chad is the face of Down Syndrome and model spokesman for the voices of those who walk in his shoes.