I chose Dr. Tom Waddell Aid quilt because he was in the Gay Olympics and it related to sports. He was born in 1937 and died 1987. He played for a few sports such as track and made various alethic achievements throughout his career as an athlete. He gained a huge reputation by creating the Gay Olympics for homosexuals. He paved the way for transgender and homosexuals to be view as people. This created freedom and acceptance throughout the community and strive to bring equality. This related to Haltman’s essay that Dr. Waddell was able to provide an imaginative idea for people that homosexuals will get to have their own Olympics event because during the early and late 1900s people did not openly accept homosexuals. This became a positive event for the community and it did not offend other people with their own biased option to the point that the courts had to make the decision to shut it down.
However, the Supreme Courts had to step-in to make the decision to let either the Olympic Games run or shut down the event. Eventually, The Olympics became a huge success in 1986. Even with all his success, he died in the battle of aids. This man shows the world that with a dream or a vision that people in the world can create limitless opportunities to achieve something in one’s lifetime. His life achievements relate to my initial theme with my project stating that in order to accomplish a goal one must strive for success and work hard till one reaches their goals without giving up. Dr. Tom Waddell aids blanket gave me the inspiration to persevere and carry out my goals in life.