Kathy and Tom Trainor of Inclusive BBQ Events saw a need to bring BBQ back to basics and support the local community. With a sharp decline in BBQ contests in 2020, we got to work creating events that had a family focus, that give back, and to encourage Kids Q. Since starting Inclusive BBQ Events in 2020, we’ve seen a steady increase in teams across the New England and Mid-Atlantic regions.
They love giving back each contest. BBQ Loves to Give Back!
Kathy and Tom Trainor are your contest organizers. They are located in southeastern Massachusetts.
When they are not organizing or competing, Kathy and Tom enjoy spending time with and travelling with their children John and Pat, dog Bailey, and cat Zelda.
Kathy Trainor is our Media Maven, Organizer, Sanctioning Liaison, and Judge recruiter. She is your main contact for any and all questions. Kathy spends her days as a Corporate Trainer for a large healthcare company. She spends her evenings with our two boys as the air traffic controller for all things going on at home. In addition, Kathy has spoken nationally on the value of getting children cooking anyway they can.
Tom Trainor is our Team Coordinator, Kids Q Director, and Charity Ambassador. On the day of the event, Tom will support teams upon arrival with site plans, team needs, and turn-in directives. Tom spends his days as a Software Developer for a small family-owned company. Tom spends his evenings having fun conversations with and highlighting the strengths of our boys’ days.
Kathy and Tom saw something very special in the world of BBQ. Being a family of two neurodivergent children is never easy. Yet, there is an unparalleled level of inclusivity within the BBQ community and at contests, and the Trainor’s sons always felt included. Kids Q offered John and Pat Trainor opportunities for learning and growth in the areas of communication, social skills, math skills, science, and more.
No matter if there is one Kids Q team or many, ALL of our events will include a Kids Q component.
Kathy and Tom Trainor started Inclusive BBQ Events with the thought and feeling that BBQ is a welcoming family-friendly community. The Inclusivity Award is awarded each season to a person who made teams feel included and welcomed.
As a family, the Trainors have found a family and inclusivity within the BBQ community, and the Inclusivity Award honors that.
Kathy shared, “Years ago, when we started cooking, BBQ didn’t care if our boys had Autism. They welcomed them with open arms. Many teams have watched them grow, cook, and learn the world of BBQ. We felt included and part of a community. Our BBQ family is our family.”
The Inclusivity Award is given out at the last contest of the year to the person or team that shows what Inclusivity in BBQ is all about.
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