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Air Force Rugby Player Building a Lasting Legacy

January 2, 2019

Nick Waterman has dedicated himself to a life of service and commitment to others. Currently a senior at the United States Air Force Academy, Waterman has built a legacy of working with those with special needs.  It is this legacy that led Nick to be nominated for the 2018 Penn Mutual Life of Significance Award.

Growing up with a sister with Down syndrome, Nick has become an advocate for members of the special needs community. He has volunteered with the Special Olympics and Best Buddies, building relationships with those around him.

Nick and his Sister Sara

“I have had a great relationship with my sister. Creating relationships with members of the special needs community has been incredibly rewarding for me,” Waterman said. “These individuals have a lot to offer and getting to know them just reinforces that fact.”

His loyalty and commitment to the community has been unwavering. In 2017, he took time away from the Air Force Academy and returned home to Dallas, Texas to accompany a girl with cerebral palsy to her senior prom.

“I spent time mentoring her during while I was in high school and I wanted to make her senior prom as rewarding as possible. I went home without knowing if she would say yes, but thankfully she said yes and we created a memory that neither one of us will ever forget,” Waterman added.

Waterman is leaving a legacy in the special needs community thanks to his tireless work and dedication.

“Nick set the standard for commitment to others with a compassionate view of everyone and especially those in need,” said Air Force rugby coach Denny Meredith.

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