Michael started playing Special Olympics basketball and soccer at an early age. His parents also signed him up for gymnastics to help with his low muscle tone – a condition that is often associated with Down syndrome. After Michael did an impromptu cartwheel across the basketball court, someone suggested that he make gymnastics his primary focus. Though Michael still enjoys participating in other sports, especially golf, gymnastics has been his main sport ever since.
Michael trains hard and it pays off. He has countless medals from events and was even selected to represent Team Virginia in gymnastics at the 2006 Special Olympics U.S. National Games in Iowa. Attending the games was one of the most memorable and proudest times of his life. It was a chance to meet other athletes from all across the country and to travel independently with the team. The Abraham family traveled separately and had the opportunity to cheer for Michael.