To Stephanie, the athlete oath isn't just a saying. It's a valuable tool for overcoming her greatest fears. Being involved in Special Olympics has given Stephanie the confidence she needs to celebrate her abilities and pursue her dreams. As a Sargent Shriver International Global Messenger and a Health Messenger, she wants to promote health and educate young athletes.
“What made me decide to become a Health Messenger is because I am an athlete, so I have to be healthy and strong,” shares Handojo.
Stephanie is an accomplished athlete, winning gold medals in the 2011 Special Olympics World Games in Athens and the 2013 Special Olympics Asia Pacific Games in Australia, and also is an inspiring leader in the Special Olympics community. Additionally, she works with youth, with and without intellectual disabilities, to promote Special Olympics in schools and communities. Stephanie was even chosen by UNICEF and the British Council as the Torch Bearer during the London Olympics in 2012. To date, Stephanie has participated in more than 20 events as a Health Messenger.
When she's not busy with Special Olympics or athlete leadership, Stephanie enjoys playing the piano, cooking, badminton and socializing with her friends. She even owns a laundry business in Jakarta and manages the team of employees as if they were family.
“Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt."