Thousands of athletes from all over the nation recently took over Princeton, New Jersey to compete in the Special Olympics USA Games. At the closing ceremonies, after a week of tough competition, three Summit County Olympians stood proudly with gold medals draped around their necks.
Robert, a skilled bowler with 20 years of experience, earned a gold medal in singles and a silver medal in team competition. “It felt good! I was really happy when I got gold,” shared Robert. When asked what advice he could give to future Olympians, Robert happily replied “Just have fun!” Sharon Seavey, Robert’s Service and Support Administrator from Summit DD, was thrilled to hear the news. “He told me all about the games when he got back. He had a blast!” Seavey proudly stated.
This next Summit County Olympian walked away from the USA Games with three gold medals in singles swimming events and a silver medal in the team swim relay. “It was a big surprise. I expected two medals but I got four,” Henry remarked with a smile. During competition, Henry had to fight through back pain, but still managed to capture the gold in one of his events by just a fraction of a second. “You’ve got to keep pushing yourself to become better. Don’t let up…believe in yourself,” Henry shared.
Last, but certainly not least, is Stephen. He’s been swinging irons on Summit County golf courses since he was six years old! “My best moment was standing on the podium and hearing my name announced for the gold,” recalled Stephen, “…it was awesome. I really felt like a professional!” Nick McCoy, Stephen’s Summit DD Service and Support Administrator shared his pride in Stephen. “I’ve been working with him for years and he continues to accomplish great things,” McCoy stated. “Nick is the best. He answers my questions right then and there. He helps me quickly. He’s always there!” Stephen remarked.
At Summit DD, we believe in supporting greatness! Join us in congratulating Robert, Henry and Stephen for working hard to achieve excellence. Learn more about state and national Special Olympics so we can celebrate greatness, together.