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  • SubGenre:Disabilities & Special Needs
  • Age Range (years):6 - 8
  • Language:English
  • Series title:Meatball Man and Hoagie Boy
  • Series Number:1
  • Pages:48
  • Paperback ISBN:9781098309237

Meatball Man and Hoagie Boy in The Fusion of Inclusion - Where Friends Meat

by Mark Graham Sean Hanley and Sean Hanley

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Meatball Man and Hoagie Boy are symbols of the power of friendship and inclusion between those with and without disabilities and differences and the amazing outcomes that can happen from learning from each other - The Inclusion Team

The Story behind Meatball Man

There is no greater bond than the one between a coach and an athlete. As a coach, I had the privilege of coaching, sharing and most importantly – learning – from Mark. I have had the honor of being good buddies with Mark for a very long time. Mark and I met while Mark was in high school. Mark soon became a trainee of Developmental Fitness Company. He also joined the Special Olympics power lifting team in which I have the honor of coaching. Mark and I were attending a graduation party together in which Mark was consuming his favorite – the meatball sandwich. As buddies tend to create funny nicknames for each other as a symbol of their friendship – Mark "The Meatball Man" was born.

The Story behind Hoagie Boy

Sean has been my coach and friend since 2001 and that's a long time to be friends. We met when I was a freshman in high school. Sean and I had fun teasing each other about eating too much at a friend's graduation party. He is Hoagie Boy and I am Meatball Man since then. Sean is a wonderful person and outgoing, and he pushes me through my personal workouts and power lifting. Sean is my buddy. Come join us as we use of characters to promote the concepts of inclusion between those with and without differences and how we all learn from one another. - The Inclusion Team

About the author


I am Mark. I am Meatball Man. My best friend is DJ Dog. I have two jobs. I work at a supermarket helping customers. I also work with a caterer. I help with food preparation and delivery set up. I participate in Special Olympics. I compete in bocce, floor hockey, soccer and basketball. I am also a powerlifter. I enjoy Philadelphia Phillies and Philadelphia Eagles games and dances with my friends' and girlfriend Kelly. I like to spend time at friends' houses. I enjoy cooking meatloaf or stir fry dinners for my family.


I am Sean.  I am Hoagie Boy. Kid Burger is my son. I am the Founder of Developmental Fitness Company. I work as a Physical Therapist (DPT) and an Licensed Athletic Trainer (ATC).  I coach Special Olympics basketball and powerlifting. I competed as a powerlifter and runner many years ago. I enjoy Villanova University basketball, The Muppets, 80’s music and helping others. 


I am an artist and graphic designer by night, and work as Project Manager by day. I went to school for Interactive Media and I spend my summers painting murals. I live in a house in the country with my husband and my cat.  I enjoy playing video games and spending time with my friends and family.