Special Olympics Florida athlete Gregg Dedic rises early for swim practice before work, but he’s not headed to the pool – he’s off to swim in a lake. Gregg is a star Special Olympics athlete and pioneer in the fast-growing sport of open water swimming. Read More
Stacy is an exceptional Special Olympics Florida athlete who thrives through sports training and competition, as well as Athlete Leadership training programs.
Each month we will be highlighting one of our incredible athletes. The February Athlete of the Month is Jared from Sumter County. Check out his video!
Ordray is a Tampa native who shines on and off the soccer field. He started participating in Special Olympics Florida soccer when he was a freshman at Land O Lakes High School. His team was selected to compete in the 2015 Special Olympics World Games and brought home the Bronze Medal.
In celebration of Black History Month, Special Olympics Florida will be recognizing the achievements of one African American athlete each week in February. The second athlete is Tajha from Immokalee, Florida.
In celebration of Black History Month, Special Olympics Florida will be recognizing the achievements of one African American athlete each week in February. The first athlete is Kenyatta Johnson, the Special Olympics Florida 2016 Athlete of the Year.
Each month we will be highlighting one of our incredible athletes. To kick off 2017, the January Athlete of the Month is William from Hillsborough County. Check out his video!
Running can be freeing, exciting, and fun—it can also be utterly terrifying. Special Olympics Florida athlete Cheyenne knows what it’s like to run under both circumstances. By age ten, she had run away 33 times. Teachers and doctors described her as obstinate, wild, and a chronic eloper.
Thanks to the dedication of her adoptive parents and doctors at Emery University, Cheyenne was tested and diagnosed with cognitive delays. She was weaned off medication, placed in a class with students like her, and introduced to Special Olympics. Read More
The following is a guest post from a Special Olympics Florida volunteer, coach and Unified Partner. As a Unified Partner, athletes compete in a unique sports format that pairs together athletes with and without intellectual disabilities.
My name is John Almond and I am a Special Olympics coach and Unified Golf Partner in West Palm Beach, Florida. I first became associated with Special Olympics in 2013 because of my good friend Ron who is a Management Team Member. And I’m grateful for the opportunity he has given me. Read More
Within Special Olympics there are Athlete Leaders who have taken responsibility for acting as the voice of Special Olympics within their community. Athlete Leaders are an important part of the Special Olympics movement. Through sports they are empowered to share their passion with others. Special Olympics Florida has nearly 300 Athlete Leaders, including Malcom from St. Lucie County, Florida. Malcom has a goal of becoming an official sportscaster and has written about some of his favorite experiences with the hope that other athletes will be inspired by his journey.
My Name is Malcom Harris-Gowdie and I am an Athlete Leader from St. Lucie County, Florida. My experience as an Athlete Leader has been amazing. I have gotten to attend Global Messenger Training at WESH-TV studios in Orlando to do a PSA and be interviewed by news anchor Jim Payne. Athlete Leaders also learn how important it is to be a fundraiser, attend trainings and to get involved in Athlete Congress. Being an Athlete Leader has helped me with confidence and learning how to have a voice on issues that affect the athlete population in Special Olympics Florida. Read More