When it comes to sports and competition, the virtues of sportsmanship are just as important as the outcome of the game itself. Whenever Keshaun Tillman competes in athletics, bocce, basketball and cycling, he recognizes the significance of encouraging his peers.
After adjusting to his family’s move from Georgia five years ago, he quickly found his place in Special Olympics Wilkes County.
“When he first arrived, he was a little shy. Special Olympics NC has really opened up his social skills and made him more comfortable,” said Crystal Tillman, Tillman’s mother.
As he’s gained confidence, Tillman has turned his attention to helping his peers do the same.
“He considers himself the helper and he likes to explain how things are done. If an athlete is having a hard time running, he’ll run beside him,” said Crystal Tillman.