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Every day, Special Olympics inspires hope, confidence, and courage. Not only do we change the lives of our athletes, but also the lives of our coaches, families, volunteers and others who have the opportunity to take part.

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Friends Forever, the Surprising Lesson of Special Olympics :-)

Recently I attended a birthday party for a friend, David Egan, from Virginia who was turning 35 years old. David is a Special Olympics basketball player, soccer player, swimmer and much more. The party had all the ingredients for a wonderful…

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One of David's friends, Frank Stephens, gives him heartfelt praise.

Why Open Water Swim

When Luke was first diagnosed with autism, a doctor told us that we could not predict his future. Instead, she advised us to constantly challenge Luke to achieve bigger and bigger goals. Swimming nearly a mile of open water; dealing…

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Luke in San Juan

What A Moment

I was poolside in Puerto Rico, taking photos while watching swimmers striving, racing, succeeding, getting excited and showing disappointment. It was a mix of emotions for the swimmers, but not so much for me--it was more about the details of…

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Rose waits for her relay partner to tag.

Ready to compete in Puerto Rico

Perfect Sense Digital couldn’t have been more excited about sending off our employee, Rose Pleskow to compete in the Special Olympics World Aquatics Invitational in Puerto Rico this week. Rose works in our Reston, Virginia office as a Design…

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Rose with some co-workers at Perfect Sense Digital

We are HERE!!

I'm in San Juan, Puerto Rico this week with my Special Olympics Open Water swim team. We're having a blast and the parents are thrilled with the whole thing. None have been involved in anything of this level, so they…

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Parents In The Stands

Parents and friends in the stands are comparing seed times, waving their countries' flags and discussing their athletes' chances of winning, just like at the real Olympics. Ooops. We ARE the real Olympics! One of the neatest things at a…

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Puerto Rico parents and friends

Jenny, Always Ready

When I met Jennifer Mitchell, she was one of a group of seven Special Olympics athletes gathering near sunset to go for a training run to prepare for a triathlon. I was there to take photos of the team, a…

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Jenny, early in her 800-meter race in Puerto Rico

Getting to Know the Place

I arrived in San Juan today, and after getting settled and getting lunch, I went to the beach to see what was going on. The ocean was slamming big waves against a protecting wall of rocks, but the lagoon behind…

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Watch out behind you...

Small acts of advocacy make a difference

One of my summer interns, Kaitlyn Smith, told me this today: "During my internship I did some research to expand my knowledge on how to ensure that a wide variety of individuals could understand the information in my presentations (whether…

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Andrea and Kaitlyn

A Simple Story about Basketball

My son Mason is a Special Olympics basketball player in Virginia. He just finished his second season. As I was watching him before a practice, I noticed he was dribbling the ball without looking, just as naturally and confidently as…

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This is Mason.

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