NAME: Emily Rachal HOME TOWN: Alexandria, LA SPORTS: Basketball, Baseball, & Bowling AGE: 28 YEARS INVOLVED: 1
Q Are you employed? A Yes. I work at the Rapides Arc doing warehouse work using tools and fulfilling contracts with factories. I have been working there for 1 year. Q What is your favorite Special Olympics memory? A My favorite memories are travelling to competitions, making friends, and getting to bowl. I am much more social now that I’m involved in Special Olympics.
Q What are some of your hobbies? A I love to shop for clothes. I also love to play the card game UNO.
Q What are your goals? A I want to become a professional bowler.
On April 25th, Special Olympics Louisiana Athlete, Adam Gilmore, threw out the first pitch at Alex Box Stadium before the LSU Tigers game against the Tennessee Volunteers. From the rubber, Adam threw a strike to the LSU catcher! Also in attendance, were athletes from our Acadiana Area.
A huge thank you to LSU Athletics for giving our athletes this opportunity! Check out a picture of Adam (left) and Coach Mainieri below.
Teddy Kremer is a bat boy who has brought inspiration to his favorite baseball team, the Cincinnati Reds. Teddy is 30 years old and was born with Down Syndrome. His parents say that a geneticist told them to consider institutionalizing him, but they decided that was not the route they were going to take. With their guidance and support, Teddy grew up with a passion for sports. So when he had the opportunity, at a silent auction, to bid on being an Honorary Bat Boy for his team, he did!
At the game that night, the Cincinnati Reds were taken by Teddy’s enthusiasm and upbeat spirit. Todd Frazier, Cincinnati Reds third baseman, explained that Teddy energizes their team, and that having him at the games lifts the players up. At the second game, Teddy took Todd aside and gave him words of encouragement. Then, as Todd took the plate, Teddy told him to get a home run; And that is just what Todd Frazier did! Teddy Kremer now works for the Reds and is not just a bat boy, but the motivational key to his team!
One of our athletes, Shelby Billiot, will graduate from Springfield High School on May 9th. Shelby has had a great high school career, all while serving as the Springfield High manager for both the football and baseball teams! Shelby and his fellow senior teammates were honored recently at their last home baseball game.