Madison County Special Olympian’s award takes strange route to his home


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Bryan Thompson, left, holds his certificate sent by the Ohio House of Representatives signifying his receipt of a Special Olympics award. The certificate was originally sent to his namesake in another county, who forwarded the award to him. He is presented the award by Madison County Board of Developmental Disabilities Superintendent Susan Thompson.


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King for a day.

In the 1980s, the Thompson Twins were a British band whose unique rhythmic and fashion style captivated the U.S. with songs like “Hold Me Now,” “King For a Day” and “Doctor, Doctor.”

Now a unique situation between two Thompsons of the same name has people singing the praises of all parties involved.

Recently, Bryan Thompson opened his mailbox and found a commendation from the Ohio House of Representatives with his name on it, recognizing an accomplishment with Madison County Special Olympics.

The confusion came because that he has never been involved with Special Olympics.

The man, from another Ohio county (he wanted to keep his county of residence anonymous), received something in error intended for someone with the same name. Instead of disregarding it, Mr. Thompson did some investigating and eventually contacted Madison County Board of Developmental Disabilities Superintendent Susan Thompson.

In addition to sending the commendation — which was for Madison County Bryan Thompson receiving the Savannah Heart of a Champion award — his counterpart also included a monetary contribution to Special Olympics.

When Superintendent Thompson presented it to the proper owner, he felt like royalty.

What started out as something that could have been a discarded nuisance, turned into a happy situation — from one Bryan Thompson to another.

“The gesture is so kind it about makes you speechless,” Superintendent Thompson said. “This has renewed my faith in humanity.”

Bryan Thompson, left, holds his certificate sent by the Ohio House of Representatives signifying his receipt of a Special Olympics award. The certificate was originally sent to his namesake in another county, who forwarded the award to him. He is presented the award by Madison County Board of Developmental Disabilities Superintendent Susan Thompson.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/37/2017/06/web1_BryanThompsonpiccol.jpgBryan Thompson, left, holds his certificate sent by the Ohio House of Representatives signifying his receipt of a Special Olympics award. The certificate was originally sent to his namesake in another county, who forwarded the award to him. He is presented the award by Madison County Board of Developmental Disabilities Superintendent Susan Thompson. Contributed photo | MCBDD

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