The man who is born with a talent which he is meant to use finds his greatest happiness in using it. -Goethe
Greco Roman wrestling is based on the style of wrestling that was contested during the ancient Greek olympics. It has been an Olympic event since the modern Olympic era started in 1896. The United States has had relatively limited success in this sport, winning only three gold medals in 115 years in all weight classes.
Jordan won the 2011, 2013, 2014 & 2015 US Open National Championships and placed second at the 2012 Olympic Trials. He was on the US National Team as a member of Team USA from 2011-2016. Jordan's dream has been to represent the United States in pursuit of a gold medal at the Olympics and at the yearly World Championships.
This is a dream that has followed a nontraditional path. It started as the small flame that lights the spirit of many young athletes who experience early triumphs. It grew to a blaze with increasing success as national championships were won in the Cadet, Junior, and University age groups. In 2003 it was swiftly dampened to a flicker under the strong winds of injustice. It persevered despite seven years of lost opportunities and no means to live it out. Then the flame came roaring back to life with surprising success on the world stage. Now it has been placed on hold as Jordan focuses on family responsibilities and pursues justice through exoneration, which will eventually lead to the possibility of a career.
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Romans 12 has been one of Jordan's inspirations:
I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned. For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; if service, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching; the one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in generosity; the one who leads, with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness. Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality. Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight. Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” To the contrary, if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head. Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
More on the purpose of the Dream Fund:
Jordan's perseverance, commitment, determination and hard work in pursuit of a goal are qualities that were reinforced in him through his participation in the sport of wrestling. In recognition of the value of these qualities, a portion of the Dream Fund will be used to inspire people to participate in wrestling and other activities that aim to instill similar qualities.
You may contact the Dream Fund to schedule Jordan for speaking engagements as well as wrestling camps or clinics.