I got involved with Special Olympics because it means so much to me knowing I am helping transform the lives of others. I started volunteer coaching for Special Olympics in college and loved it. I even made a short documentary about Special Olympics and the athletes for a film class. I wanted to show that there is no difference between Special Olympics athletes and college or professional athletes – that all athletes are equal and one in the same.

Being a part of the SOC Associate Board and volunteering for Special Olympics has made me really appreciate the differences that we ALL bring. I am excited to continue to volunteer and be involved with the organization for many years to come!

-Lauren, 2021 Associate Board Community Engagement Committee Member