Special Olympics Florida

Marc Colaluce

Clinical Director, Healthy Athletes Fit Feet,  Pinellas County

I run my own podiatry practice in St. Petersburg, Florida where thirty percent of the patients have an intellectual or developmental disability. I wanted to give back to the community so I started working with Special Olympics Florida and for over 12 years now I’ve led the Healthy Athletes Fit Feet program at local, regional and state games.  In 2014 I became the Fit Feet Clinical Director. 

Healthy Athletes is wonderful, it’s a great way to come out and be able to do things that we can’t always do for the athletes on site, as opposed to having to deal with co-pays and insurance and so on. We love making wonderful recommendations for the athletes and being able to afford them some treatments at the tournaments, as far as sole insets or something as small as a nice pair of laces to allow them to remove their shoes. And last year we had a young lady who received a new pair of shoes and laces.  She left Healthy Athletes running to get to her event, which was a running race, and she won a gold medal. So it was perfect.