Getting in good physical shape was important for MacKenzie, but Special Olympics offered something more. "It gave her the chance to be part of a group, like our other children," says her dad, Steve MacDonald. "It was also great because through sports, you learn about teamwork -- how to cooperate and work together."
Through sports, MacKenzie learned to set goals -- and achieve them. Her dad says, "She felt success -- and her confidence soared," which helped her excel at swimming, track, cycling and skiing. Her dad also says that discipline also helped her in school and beyond.
Special Olympics has made such an impact on MacKenzie’s life that when she graduated from high school, she wanted her senior class picture taken with her Special Olympics medals . She has also made many friends through Special Olympics – lifelong friends she enjoys to this day.