Special Olympics Florida

Manatee County

APRIL SPOTLIGHT

ATHLETE – GEOFFREY MILLER

1. How long have you been in Special Olympics?
      17 Years

2. What does Special Olympics mean to you:
       Friendship and having fun

3. What sports do you train in?
     Volleyball, Basketball, Bowling and Athletics

4. What is your favorite sport?
      Athletics

5. What are your hobbies or what do you do when you are not 
    doing Special Olympics?
     Play basketball with friends at the park and listen to my
      music

 

 

COACH – BRECCA CRAWFORD

1. How long have you been involved with Special Olympics?
        since 2009

2. What does being a coach for Special Olympics mean to you?
     It’s the highlight of my week, makes my heart come alive

3. How many Sports do you coach ?
        1, but I am certified in 2

4.What are your hobbies or what do you do when you are not 
doing Special Olympics?
     I love to paddle board and run and read books on the beach.

 

 

 

MARCH SPOTLIGHT

ATHLETE – RYAN SMITH

1. How long have you been in Special Olympics?
       6 to 7 years

2. What does Special Olympics mean to you?
        it means a lot to me and gives me a opportunity to bond with 
       great friends

3. What is your favorite Sport?
     Tennis it challenges me to have fun and hit a ball around

4. How does it feel to be going to USA Games in Seattle in July for Tennis?
      It is such a honor to be chosen, it will be a great event and 
      so much fun.

 

 

 

COACH – JEFF BEAR

1. How long have you been involved with Special Olympics?
     I have been involved in Special Olympics for about 8 
     years., my son Justin wanted to participate in sports, he 
     started in swimming, then decided to go to tennis. So I decided 
    to volunteer when the previous coach retired I became 
    certified in Tennis and now I am the Head Coach for Tennis.

2. What does being a coach for Special Olympics mean to you? 
     It gives me joy to see an athlete compete at both practices 
     and tournaments

3. How many sports do you coach? 
      I only coach Tennis

4. What does it mean to you to be going to USA Games in 
Seattle as a chaperone/coach?
     I have never been to USA Games before. When this 
     opportunity came up, I was extremely excited knowing that 
     Ryan is playing and as his coach I will get a lot of joy seeing 
      him compete at the USA Games level.