Athlete: Shelley Raynes
Participating since 1985
Shelley first became involved with Special Olympics Utah during her early teen years under the direction of her parents/coaches, Alice and Joseph. All these years later, at the age of 43, she continues to challenge herself with her sister and coach, Mel, and their eight other siblings cheering her on. “(Because of Special Olympics) I am more confident, more motivated, I always try hard,” Shelley said. “Win or lose, I don’t care. I’m happy when I do my best.”
Over the years, she has … Continue Reading
Athlete: Jason (Jax) Golly
Participating since 2010
Nancy Golly says the Special Olympics Utah program has helped her son Jason (Jax), immensely. “Before he joined (Special Olympics Utah), we struggled to find something that would help him feel better about himself,” she said. “Jax was starting to realize he was different and wasn’t as good in sports like the kids around him at school.” Jax’s motor skills were behind for his age and although he participated on a city swim team, he was last place every … Continue Reading
Athlete: Emma Wilson
Team: University of Utah
Participating since 2003
From Emma Wilson’s first swimming lesson, she was hooked. At four years-old, she started lessons and has been swimming ever since. “When Emma was born, the doctors told us she would never walk or talk. They said she would be blind and have seizures,” said her mother Stacy. “None of that happened. She proved them all wrong.”
“She has had always had to find her own way of doing things because she can’t use her right hand,” said Stacy. “But … Continue Reading
Athlete: Mitchell Burt
Participating since 2014
Jennie and Steve Burt are amazed at the positive effect that Special Olympics Utah has had on their son Mitchell. Mitch, who turns 9 this weekend, joined the Jaguars shortly after his 8th birthday last November. His parents appreciated how quickly his coaches, Unified Partners and teammates included him. “People often tiptoe around Mitch or treat him like he’s different, but at Special Olympics he is completely accepted for who he is,” said Jennie. “He knows he is part of something … Continue Reading
The 2015 Fall Sports Classic was a resounding success! More than 800 athletes and 125 Unified Sports partners participated on October 16-17 at the University of Utah. These incredible competitors received support from more than 250 coaches and nearly 600 volunteers. What a turnout!
The Opening Ceremonies were emceed by Wesley Ruff and Alana Brophy from ABC 4 News. Jhalayah Carter, Utah Pre-Teen Cover Girl, performed with the assistance of her brother who was competing as a SOUT athlete. As always the Victory Dance was a highlight of the event.… Continue Reading
Special Olympics Utah hosted its annual Fall Sports Classic on October 16 – 17th. With the addition of golf, this two-day event surpassed our Summer Games as our largest state competition. During the course of the event, more than 900 athletes and Unified Partners from across Utah competed for state in aquatics, basketball, bocce, golf and MATP. Young and old came together after months of training to show the community their hard work, determination and athletic ability.
First and foremost, we thank our volunteer Heads of Delegation and … Continue Reading
The 2015 Fall Sports Classic welcomes more than 800 athletes and Unified Partners® from across Utah who will compete for state in four sports – aquatics, basketball, bocce and golf. The two-day event will be held on October 16 – 17th at the University of Utah and Rose Park Golf Course in Salt Lake City.
Be a FAN of inspiration and come volunteer at this exciting event. There are 600+ day-of-event volunteer opportunities and we need YOU! The time, energy and enthusiasm of volunteers fuel our movement and make … Continue Reading
In support of our fall games we are conducting a Fall Sports Classic Fund Drive. Starting Wednesday, September 8, our goal is to make 200 phone calls by October 8, 2015 to raise $60,000 to support the Fall Sports Classic. Help us find 200 companies, organizations or individuals to call. Send us the name of a company, the person at the company you think could facilitate a donation, and a phone number to call, and tell us why you think we should call that person and company. Send it to … Continue Reading
Athletes Linda Pate, Jesse Eden and Joyce Reis participated in the World Games! Athlete Jazmine Slama and St. George Police Officer Jeremy Needles were part of the Final Leg of the Torch Run.
Linda (left), Jesse (middle), Joyce (right)
Jazmine (left), Officer Needles (right)
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