Delaware Sports Blitz is excited to announce a new series we will be doing called Behind the Sports.
The Behind the Sports series is looking at men and women who prepare athletes for their best on and off the court ( SIDs, AD, educators, trainers and etc.). The series will also be looking at different careers in the sports field from media, operating an arena, tickets sales, public relations and etc.
This week we will be featuring several members of the Muscle Movement Foundation. As it says on their site “The MMF works to combat the detrimental effects of muscular dystrophy, ALS, and additional forms of muscle-related diseases, by way of physical, financial, and emotional accommodations.” The foundation works with a lot of high schools and colleges in the area and their athletic programs. The foundation uses sports in a way to shine a light on muscle diseases and MMF’s muscle champions.
Closing out the week for the Muscle Movement Foundation is Raymond Otlowski and he is one of the lead volunteers for the foundation. As one of the Muscle Movement Foundation’s lead volunteers, Otlowski assists with events, patient care, organizational management and etc. When he is not volunteering at MMF, Otlowski works at Trans Cargo, LLC where he is a transporter. In the role of transporter, Otlowski operates and transports vehicles as a part of the import/export business at the Port of Wilmington.
Name the job and a brief summary of what it entails?
- Otlowski: I work full time as a transporter for Trans Cargo, LLC. I operate and transport vehicles as a part of the import/export business at the Port of Wilmington.
- I am one of the Muscle Movement Foundation’s lead volunteers. I have volunteered for the Muscle Movement Fdn. since the organization was founded in 2012; assisting with events, patient care, organizational management, and more!
How long have you been in this area of work?
- Otlowski: Trans Cargo, LLC: 4 years.
- Muscle Movement Fdn.: 6.5 years.
What interested you to get in this area of work?
- Otlowski: I have always had a strong interest in America’s global market, especially the importing and exporting business. Trans Cargo, LLC allows me to be a part of this. The company also offers great pay and a phenomenal benefit package, which adds to job security.
- Becoming involved with the Muscle Movement Foundation was a privilege. It was a chance to serve others through creating individualized experiences. It is also a great feeling to “be the muscle” for those living with muscle disease.
What is the most rewarding part of the job?
- Otlowski: The most rewarding part of my role with the Muscle Movement Foundation (MMF) is witnessing the smiles on the faces of the MMF’s “Muscle Champions”, and their families.
What are some of the challenges of the job?
- Otlowski: My job at Trans Cargo, LLC is very labor intensive. Despite weather conditions, I am outside all day. I can imagine the job is not designed for everyone’s fit.
- One of the challenges associated with my role with the Muscle Movement Foundation is constantly adapting to a variety of individuals’ needs. Each individual requires unique care specific to their condition, and it is important that volunteers make them feel as comfortable as possible. If the individual is not as open as others about their condition, it may make it difficult for a volunteer to connect on a personal level.
What advice would you give to someone who wants to work in this job or field?
- Otlowski: For both my day job and my involvement with the MMF, I would tell others to value and learn adaptability. Being able to adapt to their environment will help them remain resilient and productive.
If you would like to know more about the Muscle Movement Foundation: Click Here