Help us make a difference!

June 26, 2013 | North America: Minnesota

Seeing the impact of Healthy Athletes programs

By Special Olympics Minnesota

Tim's new sunglasses

At our Summer Games this past weekend, Bill Fish (Executive Vice President of Development & Partnerships) and Pam Byrd (Individual Giving Director) were giving a tour to our U-Care contact in the Healthy Athletes Opening Eyes tent. Dave Reach from the Lion's Club was explaining how the program worked when suddenly Tim, one of our athletes, walked right up to the group and held out an eyeglass case containing a new pair of prescription sunglasses. We think it's the first pair of sunglasses he's ever owned. Tim is non-verbal, but his delighted expression said a million words. He was so excited when they asked him to put them on and told him how handsome he looked. He hugged the whole group -- not once, not twice, but three times. He continued to approach everyone and anyone to show off his new glasses. It truly made our day.

About Special Olympics Minnesota: Special Olympics Minnesota (SOMN) trainings and competitions happen all year in locations across the state. Through sports, our athletes celebrate their abilities, not their disabilities.

Do you have a story to Share?

Tell us your story so we can publish it for others to see.


Special Olympics - Become a Fan

Your Donation Helps Transform Lives Through Sports!

Become a Sustaining Partner today - monthly giving is an easy and convenient way to support trainings and competitions all year long.

For a limited time, when you become a Sustaining Partner a generous donor will match your generosity with an additional $50 gift to Special Olympics.