For the Aronsons, there have been many memorable Special Olympics moments over the years. Lisa recalls the joy of watching her tennis team compete with athletes from all over the world, forming friendships that transcended the boundaries of language and ability
Even with young kids, Lisa and John continue to be actively involved with Special Olympics – participating on committees, running the annual state volleyball tournament, volunteering at the winter and summer games, and competing as Unified Partners (teams and competitions that combine Special Olympics athletes and Unified Partners volunteers). To them, Special Olympics is about building a strong community and forming bonds among people. "People become friends. It starts on the playing courts, but then they go out to dinner or movies. Just because someone has a ‘disability’ does not mean they don’t like the same things you do."
This is the message John and Lisa are trying to pass on to their daughters, Delaney and Reagan. The girls are already starting to get involved with Special Olympics, often attending sporting events with mom and dad to cheer on the athletes.