I became an advocate of Special Olympics through a good friend back in college. Since then, I’ve been a partner-athlete, coach and volunteer for numerous sports. The aspect of bringing people together through sports is one of my favorite things about Special Olympics.

The Special Olympics 50th Anniversary celebration was an incredible event because it was my first local event after moving back to Chicago from Michigan. I got to volunteer for my favorite sport, soccer, and was really moved throughout the day by the sense of comradery between teams despite the competition and language barrier.

-Lauren, 2021 Associate Board Events Committee Member