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Special Olympics Great Britain Athlete Raises Money with His Art

Special Olympics Great Britain athlete Niall Guite, a basketball gold medalist, has drawn more than 100 pictures of U.K. football (soccer) stadiums and has raised £4,298 so far by selling them.

The following is an excerpt from the article titled How Special Olympics athlete Niall Guite drew the attention of Manchester City and beyond published on the ESPN website.

That’s when Niall, a Special Olympics gold medalist himself, had an idea.

The devout Sheffield Wednesday fan would draw 26 renderings of U.K. football stadiums—he has visited 67 of them, after all—from his now-signature aerial perspective. He would then sell them through the JustGiving site in hopes of raising £260, allowing people to choose the donation amount—as long as it was a variation of 2.6, a play on the 2.6 Challenge. Twenty-six pounds, £126 and so on. The money would go to Special Olympics Great Britain, where he competes and sits on its Athlete Leadership Team, a committee that helps shape how the organization serves its athletes. He reached his goal within one month—and the orders continued to come in. So too did the accolades.

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