ASA Connections in PA: Emma Nemeth’s Story
Emma Nemeth, a member of the Dauphin County, PA Athletes Serving Athletes Community, found out about our organization through Facebook. One day as she was scrolling through her feed, she saw an invite for a local open house event. Her decision to attend led to her role as an ASA Captain today.
However, it wasn’t just by chance that the open house popped up on Emma’s Facebook feed - she was purposefully looking to join an organization like ASA.
Previously, she had participated in a church group Sunday school class for adults with disabilities. Building relationships with the group members and celebrating their shared beliefs deepened her connection to both the church and its congregants. Emma was on the lookout for more opportunities like this.
Despite the Dauphin County ASA community’s smaller size, Emma says that the friendships she’s forged with WingMen and ASA Athletes have still resulted in deep, meaningful connections.
“My heart goes out to ASA Athletes because training and racing together was a big part of their social connection,” she says. “The virtual events have been awesome, and I’m grateful that we’re still able to be together that way.”
The biggest thing that Emma misses about in-person training runs and races is the sense of camaraderie brought about by running alongside all of the WingMen, Captains and ASA Athletes. She especially misses laughing and counting dogs on training runs with ASA Athlete Ashley Reeves.
The first thing Emma plans to do once the pandemic is over is hug all of her WingMen, Captain, and ASA Athlete friends again.