Grace Project co-founder Prometheus Glover and his wife T’ai welcomed their daughter Gracie into their life in 2001. Gracie has agenesis of the corpus callosum, and requires constant assistance from her parents.
When the Glovers’ friend, champion martial artist Urijah Faber, offered them ringside seats to a world title match in Las Vegas in 2011, the couple knew they couldn’t miss it. They also knew they couldn’t leave Gracie behind, even for a night. So they teamed up with some friends, including Gracie’s special education teacher, and set out on a road trip.
The caravan stopped in Yosemite and spent a week at a retreat in Nevada. The joy and sense of relief was overwhelming. Prometheus, T’ai and their fellow travelers had full hearts and rested spirits by the time the fight rolled around.
In a very close match, Urijah lost the championship that night, but a victory was scored for families with special needs children. Prometheus and Urijah decided to team up to help more special needs families find the satisfaction and relaxation that the Glovers experienced on their trip. Soon after, the Grace Project opened its office downstairs from Urijah’s training facility in Point Arena, California.
“The cause hits home for me,” says Urijah. “My brother is special needs, and he takes up a lot of time and attention from our family. We love him a lot, but it is time consuming. We know there are people everywhere doing the same thing, and we’d like to reward those people with a vacation and peace of mind.”