Over two decades ago John came to help out at a basketball event and the rest, as they say, is history. He explains, “once you get involved as a volunteer, you are hooked in a wonderful way, asking what can I do next?” Although he admits that in refereeing Special Olympics games he has to be a little more flexible and understanding, at times almost playing a role of a coach on the floor, he sure isn’t ignoring traveling.
Being attentive to special needs and relating to athletes and their families isn't much of a stretch for Moreau. His own mother was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease when John was just 6. He says the experience “made me stronger, the way I look at people, whether they are challenged or not.” Adding, “That’s what’s so wonderful about Special Olympics, it’s inclusive. Families provide care giving, 24/7, they are considered the heroes.”