Special Olympics Florida

Sports, Autism and Special Olympics

Posted on April 1, 2015 | Posted in Athlete LeadershipAthlete Profiles

The following is a guest post from Special Olympics Florida President/CEO Sherry Wheelock. 

Not only is April a big month for baseball, with Opening Day celebrated today in stadiums around the country, but April is also Autism Awareness Month, which makes it a perfect time to introduce you to one very accomplished Special Olympics athlete: Malcom. 

CAyXrynW4AAVC_0On top of working, playing basketball, golf and bowling Malcom is also an athlete leader who speaks with the community about his experiences as an athlete with autism. With a love for all-things sports, Malcom was working to realize his dreams of being a sportscaster when last year he got the chance to partner with CBS 12 and interview the Miami Marlins at Spring Training. Impressed with his passion for sports, they invited Malcom back again this season for more interviews!

He recently sent me an email listing his personal achievements and I was overwhelmed with happiness not only for all of his accomplishments but knowing that so many of our athletes are also finding happiness through sports. Besides improving motor function and fitness in people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, including autism, among the most important advantages of Special Olympics Florida are social implications like building friendships and increased self-esteem.

There are many more exciting things ahead for Malcolm and everyone involved in Special Olympics. By working together we are truly revealing the champion in all of us.

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