Project Search is a program that I would recommend. It was a great experience for me.
UPDATE: After this story was written, Julian Borst won three gold medals at the Special Olympics in Seattle! He came first in the three races he participated in: 10,000 meters, 5,000 meters and 3,000 meters. Additionally, in December 2018, Julian was given the Key to the City, which was presented by at a Kalamazoo City Commission meeting. Great job Julian!! Keep up the hard work!
Bronson is excited to highlight employee, Julian Borst’s, recent accomplishment. Julian has qualified for the 2018 Special Olympics Summer Games, in Seattle, Washington. His hard work and love for running has earned him the opportunity to race in the 5k for the Summer Games, and the 5k, 10k, and relay at the state level Special Olympics in Mount Pleasant. This amazing feat comes as no surprise to Julian’s family. Julian has been running since the age of ten with his mom who enjoys running with him.
Julian’s love for running is strengthened by his unwavering support system. In addition to his family, Julian also is supported through a local group called the Urban Herd. Through Urban Herd, Julian has made several friends, including fellow runner and Bronson employee, Joe Hillman, who also recognizes Julian’s accomplishments. Whether he is running on his own or through a group, Julian practices his craft daily. He runs between four and eleven miles each day, and incorporates speed workouts with training camps to help him improve.
When Julian is not training for the Special Olympics, he is working at Bronson in the Environmental Services Department. He enjoys his position at the hospital and the people that he works with. Julian credits “Project Search” for his current position here at Bronson, as well as the professional skills he has acquired. Julian said, “Project Search is a program that I would recommend. It was a great experience for me.”
Outside of preparing for the Special Olympics and working hard at Bronson, Julian enjoys an array of hobbies, including reading, writing, and loom knitting. He has even created his own knitting business creatively called, Roses in the Cosmos, where he sells some of his merchandise such as hats, purses, pouches, and even bracelets. You can find Julian selling his products down at the local Farmers Market or even on Facebook.
Julian is a well accomplished young man who has achieved so much all before his 21st birthday. When asked what is next for the future Special Olympian, he would like to enroll in art classes at Kalamazoo Valley Community College. Well done, Julian. We know that you will go far!