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June 28, 2013 | Europe Eurasia: Italy

My life will never be the same

By Martina

Martina with Special Olympics Italy athlete Luca at the 2013 Italy National Games.

Volunteering at the Special Olympics Italy 2013 National Games was one of the most moving experience of my life if not the best ever! I was in charge of entertainment and from the start I committed to give all of myself to the role – to make athletes laugh, dance and have an unforgettable time. But little did I know that it would be MY heart that would be filled with joy and lightness, that I will never forget this experience and that the special athletes I met will always have a place in my heart. It was so interesting to get to know people with intellectual disabilities and not just observe them from afar. I was impressed by their kindness, honesty, and contagious joy of life. I definitely plan to stay in touch and to get involved in new events in the future. I sincerely thank all those have made this experience so special – the organisers, the other volunteers and of course the athletes themselves. Grazi e un grande bacio!

About Martina: I served as a volunteer at the 2013 Special Olympics Italia National Games.

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