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March 08, 2014 | North America: Georgia

Georgia Volunteer John Clouse Works in Honor of His Late Athlete Brother

By Wendy Bigham

John Clouse wasn't able to see his younger brother, who was a Special Olympics athlete, compete at 1991's State Summer Games. When he died soon after, John decided to volunteer with Special Olympics Georgia. He loads equipment and anything else that is very heavy in hopes of helping make the games a success. John also has an older brother who is still living and also competed. He shows up ready to work and always stays late until the work is done. In addition to volunteering at every State Summer and Winter Games, he also helped out at the 1999 World Games in Raleigh, NC while he was there for work. When asked what his favorite thing is about Special Olympics, he said: "The athletes. They bring a smile to my face and they inspire me to work hard to do my best in everything I do."

About Wendy Bigham: Wendy Bigham is the senior public relations manager at Special Olympics Georgia, headquartered in Atlanta.

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