The Inspire a Kid Podcast

0003 Blake Pyron- Blake’s Snow Shack

October 13, 2017 #dsworks 

Blake Pyron……  His story has made national and world wide press.  He has been interviewed on network television stations such as NBC-5, CBS 11, Fox 4,and KRLD radio in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, and ABC-13 in Houston. He graduated from Sanger High School in Sanger, TX  (population about 7500) where he was captain of the football team and Prom King.  He also enjoys playing his guitar and singing.  Blake is a celebrity!

Blake is a celebrity at the age of 20. He is the youngest business owner in the state of Texas and Texas’ first business owner with Down Syndrome.   A little over a year ago Blake decided he wanted to open a snow cone stand…Blake’s Snow Shack.  He went before the Sanger City Council to get approved and he officially opened for business on May 7, 2016 with hundreds of people attending the opening.   Blake received acknowledgement from Senator Ted Cruz’s office as the youngest and the first business owner in Texas with Down Syndrome .   He was officially recognized in the Texas House of Representatives in their 85th Legislative Session.

Opportunities afforded Blake included the ability to set up his snow cone truck in the Ranger’s Globe Life Park and sell his products…snow cones and ice cream.  His business also received prime advertising painted on NASCAR Sprint Cup car No. 95 driven by Ty Dillon at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pennsylvania, and he had his business logo and picture on the Times Square billboard twice.  He has done business at the Flo Mo Food Truck Fest in Flower Mound, TX, provided free snow cones at a business that was giving away free school supplies, and has sold snow cones at the North Texas State Fair in Denton, TX from his big yellow van with the palm tree.

The family has partnered with the National Down Syndrome Society to create a scholarship that will help others who are over 18 years old, and like Blake, have a dream to start their own business.   The family established the NDSS#DSWORKS   Blake Pyron Entrepreneurship Scholarship to help others like Blake with dreams to start their own business.

At his birth and with the diagnosis, the parents were told to not expect much, that he might not be able to walk or talk, but Blake’s mom urges parents to believe in their child, never place limits on ability, and do not label them. Don’t think they “can’t”, they may just show you they CAN.

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