Gardeners Without Borders employee Mir Segal took the gold in the 100-meter freestyle swim event at the Special Olympics World Games this week in Berlin.
Diagnosed with Asperger at age three, Mir’s high-level of intelligence and sharp thinking helped him breeze through school, skipping grades and moving through the educational system with ease. Following high school, Mir chose to fulfill his National Service obligation by volunteering at the ADI Negev-Nahalat Eran rehabilitation village.
The accepting and integrative atmosphere at the village made Mir feel right at home, and he decided to stay on at the village. Today, as the longest tenured employee in ADI’s unique Gardeners Without Borders program, Mir cares for village horses and is in charge or recycling.
Mir’s passion and commitment to swimming paid off this week in Berlin as he represented Israel in the Special Olympic World Games. Standing on the first-place podium sporting his gold medal, Mir was the embodiment of the ADI philosophy that focuses on each person’s abilities and provides every individual with the tools and opportunities they need to succeed.
We are so proud of you, Mir. All of your friends await your return!