Accomplishments

History

I am an avid sports fan. I have had the good fortune to represent two of our major professional sports teams, the Astros, and the Rockets. In 2009, I was chosen by MLB and People Magazine to represent the Astros at the MLB All Star Game in St Louis as a People All Star Among Us winner due to The Gary J. Lynn Foundation, a 501c3 which now raises money for TIRR Memorial Hermann Hospital, robotics floor to help immobile people become mobile. It was former President Obama who threw out the first pitch. I was chosen to be on a film with the five past living Presidents in 2009. That film was being shown in the Presidential Libraries for many years. In 2010, the Astros chose me as their Hometown Hero, and I threw out the first pitch. The same year I was chosen to be on CBS The Early Show as the first Early’s Angel for my foundation. My segment was chosen to highlight of the year. I was also honored at the Plaza Hotel in New York City with the honorable Paul Volker for the awareness I brought to Cerebral Palsy and the research which needs to be done.

 

In 2017, the Houston Rockets chose me as their Super Fan. The NBA came to Houston and filmed a commercial with me which was seen all over the world. I was the first disabled Red Rowdy with the Rockets. A Red Rowdy must try out and do their best to attract the judges. I have been a Red Rowdy for seven years. We receive season tickets to home games. I am very active and involved in the community and attend wheelchair dancing and power soccer classes at West Gray Multi-Purpose Center for people with disabilities in Houston. I also take adaptive art lessons. When I noticed that West Gray Multi-Purpose Center which opened in 1982 did not have security, I took it upon myself to attend a City Council meeting to let the city know. I was thanked for speaking up by a City Council member and we now have 16 cameras going throughout West Gray and the parking lot. Before the pandemic started, I attended Metro meetings to let the board know how people with disabilities were being treated which was not on the positive side. Metro called for team training and I was asked to speak to our drivers. There were many changes which were very positive.

My foundation, The Gary J. Lynn Foundation, a 501 c3 holds many fundraisers throughout the year including a golf tournament. I have raised and donated $15,000.00 for Cerebral Palsy Research and $40,000.00 to TIRR Memorial Hermann’s new Neuroscience Institute, robotics floor to help immobile people become mobile including those with cerebral palsy. TIRR is where former Congresswoman, Gabby Gifford was helped after being shot.

I am in college and a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society as well as the District Four Hall Of Honor with plans to receive a Political Science degree to help those with disabilities. I have faced many challenges which have never stopped me.

I have won the Mayor’s Disability Advocate of the Year Award twice under Mayor White and Mayor Turner. In 2019, I won the Humanitarian of the Year Award along with the mother of James Harden and Tilman Fertitta for all the fundraising and volunteer work I do in the community. Mayor Turner honored me with a proclamation and declared December 10th, Gary J. Lynn Day in Houston. Congresswoman Shelia Jackson Lee, who I have known since I was very young honored me with the Community Empowerment Award in October for my foundation. Thanksgiving and Christmas my family and I along with my foundation sponsor, Chris Alan, owner of Christian’s Tailgate volunteer at George R. Brown Convention Center helping to feed the poor and homeless. 

I contacted our Houston Mayor, Sylvester Turner to help recognize World Cerebral Palsy Day on October 6, 2020. The Mayor agreed and Houston City Hall along with our bridges were lit up in green which is the color for Cerebral Palsy on October 6th.

Gary's Awards & Achievements