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October is one of my favorite months with the Exceeding Expectations kids.  As you all know, our top priority for the kids is, and always will be, education. That said, every October we participate in two athletic events that I feel are significant in laying the groundwork necessary for them to be successful in the academic world and in their adult lives.  The first of these events is the Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) triathlon, aptly called “The Best Day in Triathlon.” Here’s a brief overview from their website:  “In 1994, three friends started a triathlon fundraiser to help one man regain his independence after a tragic accident left him a quadriplegic. From one came many, and Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) took root in the belief that sports and an active lifestyle are a pathway to more in life. Since that fundraiser 25 years ago, CAF has been committed to breaking the financial barrier that individuals with physical challenges face to participate in sports and live a healthy and active lifestyle.”  Participating alongside challenged athletes in a very tough race gives our kids an additional perspective on their own lives. The racers on the course with them face obstacles that they

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Travel Tuesday Deals – 1/11/2011

Despite the rise in travel costs, it’s still possible to score discount deals — if you search long and hard enough. We’d like to make that process a little easier on you by introducing a weekly post of the best Travel Tuesday deals that we find across an aggregate of sites. For Tuesday, 1/11/11, here are a few that you might find compelling: JetBlue is offering $39 one-way fares in select U.S. cities, including: San Francisco, Chicago, Las Vegas and New York. Book by 1/13/2011. (Via Priceline.com) Continental wants you to get your Mardi Gras on in New Orleans with round-trip discounted tickets from various U.S. cities, including: Boston ($245), Houston ($184), Los Angeles ($331), New York ($297) and Washington D.C. ($281). (Via AOL Travel) Tour the Grand Canyon in luxury with the $1447 Grand Canyon by Trail package for two. Offer includes three nights at the Enchantment Resort (breakfast included) and one day of sightseeing by mini-coach. (Via AOL Travel) If you’re a Monet fan, jet over to Paris with the Concorde Hotels & Resorts package, which starts at $265 for overnight accommodations at one of six hotels and 2 priority tickets to the Monet exhibition at the Grand

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What’s Your Travel Discrimination Story?

One of the true beauties of travel is that it exposes us to diverse people and experiences. It is an opportunity for us to learn about cultures we’re otherwise not privy to in our everyday lives. But there is a vulnerable side to journeying past the threshold of our familiar settings — we risk being scrutinized for our individual characteristics, especially physical ones. Perhaps being stared at a second too long for looking different is harmless. But what about being treated unfairly because of your skin color, gender, sexual preference or physical disability? The July 2010 issue of Business Traveler Magazine features readers’ stories of discrimination during travel. We’ve re-posted three experiences from the article below and added some stories from the Boingo Facebook community. The accounts range from “disturbing” to “heartening,” and many are “thought-provoking.” Gym Off Limits to Women: “While visiting Jeddah in Saudi Arabia for a global economic conference, my colleagues and I were staying at the Hilton. Naturally, I understood that as a woman in Saudi, I would need to respect the cultural norms, wear an abaya outside of the hotel, etc. However, I expected that within the confines of the Hilton, a leading American hotel