In 2012, a mother and daughter team, Mary and Emily Belk of Alabama, took part in the pilot of the Special Olympics Get Fit for Life program, part of the Presidential Active Lifestyle Award (PALA+) challenge in the United States.
Emily said, "I found out about this challenge from my coach, Cindy Bickman, and I joined even though I already work out a lot! When I joined the “challenge,” I found out there was more to exercising than just gymnastics. Apparently, I do a lot of exercising every day. I ended up telling Coach Cindy, because I knew she did a lot more than me! She has stairs at her place, and she teaches gymnastics and ballet 4 to 5 days a week, along with riding and taking care of her horses. I told my coach she could get exercise points by just grooming her horses."
About Will Schermerhorn: I am the director of web products for Special Olympics.