Special Olympics Florida

Anthony McLoughlin and Vanessa Emerson

Coaches, Volusia County

Vanessa and I are both extremely passionate about the population that we teach and wanted to get involved with Special Olympics. Each year, we have continued to grow our school-based programs and add additional coaches and sports to serve more of our students.

We have had great success with our Special Olympics Unified Sports® teams and have been able to be a part of many amazing experiences, including going to the Special Olympics USA Games in Seattle. We try to create an environment of inclusion at Seabreeze, and we are lucky to have a student population that really does care.

With Unified Sports they get to interact with peers that they would normally never interact with. Watching them build relationships with their peers puts a smile on my face. Our special needs students deserve the right to play sport as does every student.