Why I Take What The Heroes Alliance Does Seriously

HAlogoby Aaron Einhorn
In recent days, the Heroes Alliance Ohio branch has had a lot of discussion as we’ve been doing some internal reviews about some of the rules that the organization has in it’s Standard Operating Procedures. These discussions have focused mainly on conduct during events and on quality of costumes, and it’s led to some hurt feelings.

One person said to me “You’re a cool guy, but you’re taking this free group a little too serious for me.”

This hurt. A lot. It left me wondering if maybe I was making a mistake. Maybe I shouldn’t be taking this seriously. Maybe I’m the wrong guy to be the Branch Leader. I’m not married to the position – I was happy to get the group started, but I’d be happy to step aside.

But the more I thought about it, the more I realized that he was wrong.

Yes, I do take the Heroes Alliance very seriously. I am very concerned with making sure that the organization is seen in the best possible light and that we are doing the most possible good in our communities.

I take a lot of pride when I see mission reports from any of the teams across the country, and it makes me feel really good to see all of the “Likes” and comments on Facebook.

The last thing I ever want to do is make it not fun for our team members – we’re all volunteers, after all. But do I take it seriously? Yeah, I do. And here’s why.

Iron-Man.1-200x269In 2012, I was lucky enough to be able to attend the press conference for Iron Man 3 at SDCC. In the crowd there was a young kid in a Tony Stark Cosplay (like, 7 or 8 years old, with eyeliner-pencil goatee).

Near the middle of the Q&A with the press, Robert Downey Jr. stopped to say “Ok, I want to know when we get to hear from the young Tony Stark,” to which the moderator assured that they would get to him. The Q&A continued, and then it was time for the last question. “Well, then, it has to go to the kid,” Robert said.

The moderator laughed, and said, “Ok, well, this pretty much better be the best question in history. Go ahead,” and the mic was given to the child.

“This question is for Robert,” the kid said, “I want to know what it’s like to be a hero.”

The room went silent until the moderator laughed and said, “Well, Robert, this pretty much better be the answer in history.” This broke the tension for all of us, but Robert took a moment to actually think about his answer.

Robert took a moment and said “I think I speak for any of us who get to live in this world. There was just one of these photo things with a bunch of kids where they dressed up as Iron Man. There were a couple of War Machines, too. There’s something about it that’s just … wow, a great opportunity. It’s an odd thing. I take this as seriously as Shakespeare.”

Most kids will never get to meet Robert Downey Jr., or Chris Evans, or Chris Hemsworth or Henry Cavil, or Andrew Garfield, or Ben Affleck. So when kids at the Walk For Wishes, or Give Kids the World, or at Wolfson’s Children’s Hospital get to meet the members of the Heroes Alliance, that is their opportunity to meet Iron Man or Captain America or Thor or Superman or Spider-Man or Batman.

If Robert Downey Jr. takes it as seriously as Shakespeare, how can we possibly do any less?