Fall 2023 Featured Athlete
This is my story about being part of Special Olympics.
I started with Special Olympics when I was eight years old. I started with the Summer Games. That was swimming, the long jump, and track and field. Then in the 80’s, I started to play basketball, softball, and soccer. In the year 2000, I asked if we could start a floor hockey team. We did. By the year 2004 we came in first place. And every year after that we won first place.
I also do fundraising for the Hartford team. I go to Texas every year to raise money. My brother and his friends donate to the Connecticut Special Olympics. I usually raise $1,000 dollars.
Over the years, my family has played with me in the Special Olympics. They have played many sports on the Unified teams.
I have met a lot of new friends that took part in the games. They have all helped me to be a better player and a better person. My best friend in Special Olympics is Albert Lognin. We have been friends since I was eighteen years old. We always have a lot of fun together.
I became a Global Messenger in November of 2022. I love being a Global Messenger. Going to the Tip-A-Cop fundraisers makes me feel happy because we raise money for Special Olympics and I get to meet many different people. At the Zoom meetings, people have good ideas.
Being a part of Special Olympics is one of my favorite memories.