Recently, a student from McNeese University wrote her personal story about an athlete that she has become friends with. The student at McNeese University is Amanda Fontenot. She wrote: “I’ve been friends with a boy who lives not far from where I live, for almost 4 years now. A few weeks ago, I picked him up to take him to the movies and to his favorite restaurant in town, like I do every month. This time, as he was laughing at his cotton candy filled Shirley Temple, he said “before unified sports became a part of my life, I felt like an outsider”. Unified Sports gave him a confidence he never knew before, both on and off the field and he never would have thought that he would ever have been able to just enjoy a day of movies and shopping without feeling like everyone was judging him. He never felt that he would ever just feel normal. The athlete then told Amanda, “After playing unified sports, I realized that I didn’t need to be normal to be happy and that I loved the person I am”, then he went back to licking the pink cotton candy from his finger tips. “I am so lucky to be a part of this incredible movement that is Project UNIFY. One of my favorite sayings is “saving one person won’t change the world, but surely the world will change for that one person.” This will be Amanda’s 8th year involved with Special Olympics and she said she can’t imagine it any other way. For more information on becoming a unified partner like Amanda check out our website!