– Eunice Kennedy Shriver
Katie Seigenthaler’s son George is a Special Olympics athlete. He competes in basketball among other sports.
In a recent blog post to Special Olympics, Katie describes what George has been through, “…diagnosed with leukemia at age 9; who was given a death sentence after he contracted pneumonia due to the cancer treatment protocol; who went on to survive three years of brutal chemotherapy only to wind up with severe osteoporosis; and who, over the course of 2 the two years following treatment, endured major reconstructive surgery on his hips and broke his legs 5 times.”
After all of that, it seems like George is doing just fine with the help of Special Olympics! Katie goes on to say, “He’s a clutch player on all of his Special Olympics teams, recently starting as center for the SO New Trier basketball squad after being moved up from JV to V just 3 months prior.”
Read Katie’s full post here.
We are very proud of our Volunteer, Special Olympics College representative and local Best Buddies chapter president Marci Gaines. Marci was sitting in a college class when her professor used the r-word…”At this moment, I cannot explain the sense of emotions that overcame me. I contemplated calling her out on her remarks in class or confronting her after but knew my message would be better conveyed through words. I decided to send an email.” Read her email and the professors response here
What would you have done if you were Marci?
“Courage: the most important of all the virtues because without courage, you can’t practice any other virtue consistently.” ~Maya Angelou
“Special Olympics teaches that all human beings are created equal in the sense that each has the capacity and a hunger for moral excellence, for courage, for friendship and for love.” – Eunice Kennedy Shriver
The Experience of Being a Special Olympics Athlete: by Tiffany Hebert
I lie here thinking about my experience of being a Special Olympics athlete. My experience has been great. My memory is filled with emotions and pictures of me finishing events, maybe not always in first place but still very excited and happy that I finished my event. My next major event was my trip to Washington, DC. I was so excited and helped Special Olympics continue its blessed outreach to our wonderful athletes as we inspire athletes not to give up and to keep going. We can do anything that we put our minds too. Our oath says: “Let me win and if I can not win let me be brave in the attempt.” This oath is what our athletes live by in everyday life. Every bad day this rings out in our mind that we can be brave and still have the courage to get though and finish no matter what. Who inspires you to greatness in everyday life?