Talking about his involvement and the joy it brings to everyone involved, Ted rattles off names of athletes he has coached in soccer, basketball and swimming. He explains that the impact of Special Olympics is about acceptance and building athletes’ confidence. Rutt describes how parents often try to protect their kids with special needs from getting hurt or embarrassed, but participation in Special Olympics provides them with a welcoming and accepting place to train and grow.
Ted explains that sports teach athletes that “it’s ok to make mistakes, you can fall down and then get up and try again. I watch athletes coming to events, becoming more confident in talking to people, no longer hiding.”
With fellow police officers, Rutt is an enthusiastic participant of grassroots efforts to raise funds for Special Olympics so that even more people have a chance to participate. Some of Ted’s fondest memories are from participating in the final leg of the Law Enforcement Torch Run, carrying the Flame of Hope to the Special Olympics World Games.