David Noel speaks for many dads of Special Olympics athletes as he describes how Special Olympics eliminates the disparity between families’ lowered expectations and their children’s’ desire and determination to succeed.
“Special Olympics has changed our lives. We had no idea what our daughter, Tammi, was really capable of. Sometimes we held her back because we thought she couldn't handle the responsibility. She has developed into a more responsible adult, rather than the child we saw her as. We’re so excited with the new relationship that we have with our daughter that we are anxious to share with other parents that these athletes are way more capable than we give them credit for.”
Richard Koch says he’s learned a lot from his son Jonathan, a Special Olympics Virginia athlete, who’s been the inspiration for his involvement as a coach. “Special Olympics gives me a renewed sense of awe and wonder.”