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National Volunteer Week celebrating: Olivia Coada

In the early 1990s, Olivia Coada began volunteering at Summer Games with a group from First Union Bank. She says, before she attended her first Summer Games she had a very stereotypical idea of what Special Olympics was, but after spending four hours working with the athletes, that image was shattered.

After a few years of volunteering once a year at Summer Games, Olivia raised her hand and said she wanted more. Today, she’s extremely active in Area 31 (currently serving as the secretary), and she volunteers at many other state-level events and fundraisers.

The most amazing part of Olivia’s role as a volunteer isn’t just her commitment and willingness to go above and beyond, it’s the fact that she keeps drawing people in. The second year Olivia volunteered at Summer Games, she brought her mom. Then her brothers Bill and Wesley joined in with their significant others Michelle and Diana. Now, 15+ years later, even her 13-year-old nephew Nicholas and 11-year-old niece Hannah volunteer. Olivia has turned her Special Olympics volunteerism into a family affair and that’s exactly what Special Olympics is; family.

Thank you Olivia and family for being part of #OneTeam15!

We’re celebrating Olivia and all our incredible volunteers this week, thanks to our friends at United Airlines! Each day, we'll select one volunteer who connects with us on social media to win a pair of roundtrip airline tickets.

To be entered to win, follow us on Facebook, Twitter and/or Instagram, and comment on one of our daily volunteer stories, or share your own. Be sure to include #OneTeam15 to help us track your comments. Certain restrictions apply; no purchase necessary.