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Remembering Kevin O'Brien, Special Olympics Pioneer Athlete

The Chicago Sun-Times wrote: "In 1968, Mr. O’Brien became one of the first Special Olympians at the inaugural games at Chicago’s Soldier Field. He competed every year until 2014, traveled the world, and won about 750 medals, many of them gold. He met two Mayor Daleys, Mayor Harold Washington, the president of Ireland, Muhammad Ali, Ernie Banks, Harry Caray, Michael Jordan, Stan Mikita and Mike Ditka. At the 25th anniversary games in Florida, he was invited to light an Olympic torch. When he was born, people with Down syndrome usually only lived into their teens. Mr. O’Brien died at age 60 on Jan. 20 at the Beverly home he shared with relatives." Read more at the link below.

About Me:

This story was submitted by Melanie O'Brien. I have been involved in the Special Olympics since it's inception thru my brother Kevin as a volunteer, coach, administrator and fundraiser.

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Read more on the Chicago Sun-Times website