Special Olympics Florida

Manatee County

          JUNE SPOTLIGHT

 
ATHLETE- WALKER CHRISTENSEN
 
1.How Long have you been in Special Olympics?
        A few years
 
 
2. What Sports do you train in?
      Swimming and Bowling
 
 
3. What is your favorite Sports?
        Bowling
 
 
4. What are your hobbies or what do you like to do when you are not doing Special Olympics?
       Playing Games
 
 
 

 

COACH – NATALIE CHRISTENSEN
 
1. How long have you been involved with Special Olympics?  
              4 years
 
2. What does Special Olympics mean to you?
       Ever since my son and I started participating in events and sports, Special Olympics has a                 special  place in my heart. To me, it is a sense of community for all families and athletes alike.            Everyone belongs to this great big family. The love that is displayed is overwhelming
 
 
3. What does coaching Special Olympics mean to you?
     I loved being a parent volunteer and participating in events and sports. but coaching brings it to         a whole different level. Coaching brings me a different sense of fulfillment that I don’t experience       as a parent volunteer. I’m glad that I decided to embark on this wonderful endeavor. 
 
 
4. How many sports do you coach.
      1  only swimming
 
 
5. What are your hobbies or what do you do when you are not doing Special Olympics?
        I like to Bowl
 
 
6. Your are a Unified Partner for Bowling what does that mean to you?
        a lot of fun, rewarding, part of a team 
 
 

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.