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Running in the Right Direction

Posted on August 2, 2016 | Posted in Athlete ProfilesSports

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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 »


What It Took For This Volunteer To Become a Champion

Posted on November 16, 2015 | Posted in Athlete Profiles

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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 »


Athlete Leader Spotlight: Malcom

Posted on October 28, 2015 | Posted in Athlete LeadershipAthlete ProfilesSports

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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 »