At our recent State Summer Games we had the privilege of meeting and learning about Special Olympics Louisiana Acadiana athlete, Allix Chapman. Allix is from Lafayette and competes in bowling, athletics, basketball, and volleyball. She is an outstanding bowler. She was on her school bowling team and competed in the semi-regional tournament as an individual in 2012.
She graduated from St. Thomas More Catholic High School in May 2013 and Allix’s mother wanted to keep her active. In October 2013, she enrolled her into cake decorating classes. Since then Allix has truly found her talent and passion. Her mother remarks, “Allix is now 21, when she was young the doctors thought she would be noncommunicable. At age 5, she said her first word. Cake decorating has given her so much confidence! Special Olympics and cake decorating has turned her into the social butterfly she is now.”
Aside from decorating beautiful cakes, Allix has compassion for others. She lives close by a homeless shelter that houses 120 women and children. Every month Allix finds out the birthdays of the women and children in that month and what they like. She then personally bakes and decorates them a cake and hand delivers it to them on their birthday! She also bakes hundreds of cupcakes and distributes them at the St. Joseph Diner for the less fortunate. Recently, Allix was hired part time by Indulge Bakery in Lafayette where she will continue to perfect her skills and help others.
Read more and see more pictures on the blog written by Allix’s cousin, Learning by Paradox.
Allix has also teamed up with My Special Day, a nonprofit that makes cakes for underprivileged kids and homeless shelters. www:Facebook.com/myspecialdayproject