Freedom and StrengthVictoria Smith | dic. 30, 2013 | North America: Colorado When I started playing for the Special Olympics I was unsure of where I was. I wasn't very strong and independent like how I am now. I started playing soccer as just a Friday night activity after school, but in the spring our coach wanted to have a team for the summer state games. We had enough people for two teams. Both of our teams took the podium. My team took gold. The other took silver. I was the rookie and new to the Special Olympics so my whole family was proud of me and I was too. I earned strength through soccer. Then when I started golf I earned freedom in my hips, back and shoulders. Also arm strength. Golf was a great stress reliever for me because of my disability. This was just the last summer when I needed to be busy and I found that if I set my mind to it then I could do anything. I earned physical and mental freedom that I needed to become a stronger individual.