Volunteer Spotlight

Volunteers are an invaluable resource to the Special Olympics Missouri mission. Without your support we couldn't do what we do to help more than 16,500 athletes with intellectual disabilities around the state. To properly give you your due, we've created a way to highlight some of the volunteers who come out to our 250 trainings and competitions throughout the year. We will update our Volunteer Spotlight every Monday afternoon, so be sure to check back and find out a little more information about our amazing volunteers. Click on a name below to find out more information!

Volunteer list:

Sept. 22, 2014: Mashruba Haque
Sept. 15, 2014: Jack Henderson

Sept. 8, 2014: Carter Smith

Sept. 1, 2014: Sean Rock

August 25, 2014: Louis Trigg

August 18. 2014: Maddi Ossello

August 12, 2014: Grant Modglin

July 28, 2014: Hunter Vartey

July 21, 2014: Kelly Freeman

July 14, 2014: Thomas Erh
July 7, 2014: Lina Palazzolo
June 30, 2014: Jamie Miller
June 23, 2014: Chad Mancuso
June 16, 2014: Holly Horton
June 9, 2014: Corey Falkner
June 2, 2014: Christina Gerst
May 26, 2014: Jose Saenz-Hernandez
May 19, 2014: Cody Meinert
May 12, 2014: Tristan Becker
May 5, 2014: Robert Rasche
Apr. 28, 2014: Alyssa Brammeier
Apr. 21, 2014: Levi Horton
Apr. 14, 2014: Olivia Jones
Apr. 7, 2014: Caitlin Perry
Mar. 31, 2014: Virginia Whitlock
Mar. 24, 2014: Danny Drury
Mar. 17, 2014: Debby Nichols
Mar. 10, 2014: Raphael Garcia
Mar. 3, 2014: Kathy Jones
Feb. 24, 2014: Audrey Seib
Feb. 17, 2014: Dave Nichols
Feb 10, 2014: Lindsey Palmer
Feb. 3, 2014: Brenda Newman 

Mashruba Haque -- September 22, 2014

Why do you volunteer?
We volunteer to help our community, it’s a way to give back for everything we take from it. (Olivia and I like volunteering together)

How many times have you volunteered for Special Olympics?  If more than once, what keeps you coming back?
I have volunteered 2 times, I love how positive everyone is and how excited the athletes are. 

What’s your favorite event to work and why?
Our favorite event to work is the bowling because you can see how competitive they get. 

What is your favorite memory of working with a Special Olympics event?
Our bowler getting a high score, it was so rewarding to see them succeed. 

Do you have a special connection to Special Olympics? If so, what is it?
No, we just enjoy doing it.

What’s your favorite hobby outside of volunteering?
Girl Scouts, we volunteer through that. 

If you could have a super power what would it be and why?
To read people’s minds. I want to know what people are thinking. 

Where is your favorite city to visit in Missouri and why?
Old St Charles, Main Street. I love all the little shops.

 

Jack Henderson -- September 15, 2014

Why do you volunteer?
So I can experience this great time

How many times have you volunteered for Special Olympics? If more than once, what keeps you coming back?
This is my first time.

What’s your favorite event to work and why?
Bowling because I like bowling

What is your favorite memory of working with a Special Olympics event?
Interacting with the athletes

What’s your favorite hobby outside of volunteering?
Lacrosse

If you could have a super power what would it be and why?
Flying. So I can fly places!

Where is your favorite city to visit in Missouri and why?
Lake of the Ozarks because of the lake

Carter Smith -- September 8, 2014

Why do you volunteer?
I volunteer for school and I like to serve the community

How many times have you volunteered for Special Olympics? If more than once, what keeps you coming back?
This is my first time

What’s your favorite event to work and why?
Bowling, it’s great to see everyone coming together

What is your favorite memory of working with a Special Olympics event?
This was my first time, though I imagine I will have memories to take with me

Do you have a special connection to Special Olympics? If so, what is it?
No

What’s your favorite hobby outside of volunteering?
I enjoy hanging out with friends

If you could have a super power what would it be and why?
Time control—correct past mistakes and prevent future ones

Where is your favorite city to visit in Missouri and why?
Wentzville—it’s my hometown

 

 

Sean Rock -- September 1, 2014

Why do you volunteer? 
I volunteer for my high school NHS program but I love helping people

How many times have you volunteered for Special Olympics? 
This is my first time volunteering

Do you have a special connection to Special Olympics? If so, what is it?
Any event I can help someone is my favorite

What is your favorite memory of working with a Special Olympics event?
This is my first event but it was a fun time

What’s your favorite hobby outside of volunteering?
Playing sports

If you could have a superpower what would it be and why?
Invisibility because it would let me go anywhere I want

Where is your favorite city to visit in Missouri and why?
Downtown St. Louis to see games and concerts


Louis Trigg -- August 25, 2014

How many times have you volunteered for Special Olympics? 
Three times

Do you have a special connection to Special Olympics? If so, what is it?
I like the purpose

What’s your favorite event to work and why?
Basketball tournaments; I volunteered with my team a couple of times in high school

What is your favorite memory of working with a Special Olympics event?
The people

What’s your favorite hobby outside of volunteering?
Basketball

Where is your favorite city to visit in Missouri and why?
St. Louis because I've only been twice

 

Maddi Ossello -- August 18, 2014

Why do you volunteer?
I volunteered with my lacrosse team last year and had a great time. It’s very rewarding.

How many times have you volunteered for Special Olympics?
This is my second time. The athletes are what makes me come back. They are all so positive and enthusiastic. I love it! 

What’s your favorite event to work and why?
Bowling. This is the only one I have volunteered for and I love it.

What is your favorite memory of working with a Special Olympics event?
Last year, one of my bowlers had a great game, once he got his medal we took a picture and he gave me a big kiss on the cheek.

What’s your favorite hobby outside of volunteering?
Playing Lacrosse

If you could have a super power what would it be and why?
To fly. I would fly all over the world!

Where is your favorite city to visit in Missouri and why?
St Louis. Seeing the Arch is great!


Grant Modglin -- August 12, 2014

Why do you volunteer?
I like to help children

How many times have you volunteered for Special Olympics?
This is my first time volunteering.

What’s your favorite event to work and why?
My favorite event to work is bowling because bowling is one of my hobbies.

What is your favorite memory of working with a Special Olympics event?
I love the way athlete James Henderson would always celebrate.

What’s your favorite hobby outside of volunteering?
I play many sports including  basketball, soccer, volleyball and lacrosse.

If you could have a super power what would it be?
The ability to be invisible.

Where is your favorite city to visit in Missouri and why?
I love Ladue because it is very classy and nice.

Hunter Vartey -- July 28, 2014

Why do you volunteer?
So I could experience how different people live

How many times have you volunteered for Special Olympics?
This is my first time, and I love it!

What’s your favorite event to work and why?
I like working at the bowling competitions!

What is your favorite memory of working with a Special Olympics event?
I liked meeting my new friend Tallen.

What’s your favorite hobby outside of volunteering?
I like playing football when I am not volunteering.

If you could have a super power what would it be and why?
Fly (so I can fly places!)

Kelly Freeman -- July 21, 2014

Why do you volunteer?
I love seeing the joy my work gives to others

How many times have you volunteered for Special Olympics?  

This is my first time.  

What’s your favorite event to work and why?

Bowling, because they are excited to participate!

What is your favorite memory of working with a Special Olympics event?

So far, it is seeing how happy they are to see you and all the support.

What’s your favorite hobby outside of volunteering?

I like to play volleyball and sing

If you could have a super power what would it be and why?

I would be invisible because I could go around and be sneaky.

Where is your favorite city to visit in Missouri and why?

Washington, MO because it is so homey and everyone there is nice.

Thomas Erh -- July 14, 2014

Why do you volunteer?
I volunteer with National Honor Society.

How many times have you volunteered for Special Olympics?  If more than once, what keeps you coming back?
This is my first time volunteering for the Special Olympics

What’s your favorite event to work and why?
Bowling because I like the sport.

What is your favorite memory of working with a Special Olympics event?
This is my first event so I am excited to make a lot today.


What’s your favorite hobby outside of volunteering?
I enjoy playing tennis the most.

If you could have a super power what would it be and why?
I would love to fly because I can get around faster!

 

Lina Palazzolo -- July 7, 2014

volunteer spotlightWhy do you volunteer?
For experience in my future career as an occupational therapy assistant.

How many times have you volunteered for Special Olympics? 
Once

What’s your favorite event to work and why?
Special Olympics events—to see the variety of sport participation.

What is your favorite memory of working with a Special Olympics event?
The opening ceremony at the Special Olympics

Do you have a special connection to Special Olympics? If so, what is it?
No

What’s your favorite hobby outside of volunteering?
Photography

If you could have a super power what would it be and why?
To be able to heal incurable diseases so people wouldn’t have to suffer through the course of them.

Where is your favorite city to visit in Missouri and why?
Branson. There is a lot of family entertainment and I love to go there during Christmas time.

Jamie Miller -- June 30, 2014

Why do you volunteer?
Because I think these kids are a blessing. I’m going to get my masters in Special Education so this is awesome for me.

How many times have you volunteered for Special Olympics?  If more than once, what keeps you coming back?
3 times—its fun and worth it!

What’s your favorite event to work and why?
I have only worked bowling.

What is your favorite memory of working with a Special Olympics event?
The happiness they experience when they do well. It makes me happier.

Do you have a special connection to Special Olympics? If so, what is it?
Not particularly, but I do potentially want to work with kids who have disabilities.

What’s your favorite hobby outside of volunteering?
Lacrosse

If you could have a super power what would it be and why?
To eat anything in the world and not gain weight

Where is your favorite city to visit in Missouri and why?
Theodosia because its where my parent’s lake house is. 

Chad Mancuso -- June 23, 2014

Why do you volunteer?
I volunteer because I have had so many privileges in life and love the opportunity to give back.

How many times have you volunteered for Special Olympics?  If more than once, what keeps you coming back?
This is my first event

What’s your favorite event to work and why?
Bowling. This is my first event and I am enjoying it so far!

What is your favorite memory of working with a Special Olympics event?
This is my first event and I am enjoying working with the bowlers!

Do you have a special connection to Special Olympics? If so, what is it?
No special connection

What’s your favorite hobby outside of volunteering?
Bowling and camping

If you could have a super power what would it be and why?
I would FLY

Where is your favorite city to visit in Missouri and why?
St Louis. It’s the only city I’ve been to.


Holly Horton -- June 16, 2014

Why do you volunteer?
I volunteer for school for NHS

How many times have you volunteered for Special Olympics?  If more than once, what keeps you coming back?
This is my first time

What’s your favorite event to work and why?
The bowling because you can cheer them on

What is your favorite memory of working with a Special Olympics event?
Since this is my first time, I don’t have a memory yet.

Do you have a special connection to Special Olympics? If so, what is it?
No

What’s your favorite hobby outside of volunteering?
I enjoy playing sports

If you could have a super power what would it be and why?
Invisibility because I could spy on people

Where is your favorite city to visit in Missouri and why?
St Louis because they have the Cardinals!


Corey Falkner -- June 9, 2014

Why do you volunteer?
For NHS service hours and I enjoy helping people.

How many times have you volunteered for Special Olympics?  If more than once, what keeps you coming back?
2, I love helping at these events where I can help people have a fun time.

What’s your favorite event to work and why?
The bowling was fun because I loved seeing the kids do well and have fun.

What is your favorite memory of working with a Special Olympics event?
I loved helping the man in his races last year and watching him improve and have fun.

Do you have a special connection to Special Olympics? If so, what is it?
No

What’s your favorite hobby outside of volunteering?
Sports!

If you could have a super power what would it be and why?
Flying. I could see the world.

Where is your favorite city to visit in Missouri and why?
St Louis. I live there and there’s a lot of things to do.

 

Christina Gerst -- June 2, 2014

Why do you volunteer?
It’s a good feeling for everybody

How many times have you volunteered for Special Olympics?  If more than once, what keeps you coming back?
This is my first time, actually. It won’t be the last though.

What’s your favorite event to work and why?
Any where I’m working directly with the people that I’m helping

What is your favorite memory of working with a Special Olympics event?
The Bowling Tournament

Do you have a special connection to Special Olympics? If so, what is it?
I just love to help people!

What’s your favorite hobby outside of volunteering?
Laughing

If you could have a super power what would it be and why?
Freeze time. That way I could catch up on all my homework!

Where is your favorite city to visit in Missouri and why?
St Peters! I love my hometown.

Jose Saenz-Hernandez -- May 26, 2014

Why do you volunteer?
Not only is it personally rewarding but my firm (JP Morgan) makes a matching donation for employee hours worked.

How many times have you volunteered for Special Olympics?  If more than once, what keeps you coming back?
This is my first time

What’s your favorite event to work and why?
I really liked score keeping because I get to watch the athletes play

What is your favorite memory of working with a Special Olympics event?
Seeing the athletes after the game. They are wonderful.

Do you have a special connection to Special Olympics? If so, what is it?
No

What’s your favorite hobby outside of volunteering?
Spending time with my daughter

If you could have a super power what would it be and why?
To fly. Gas is too expensive.

Where is your favorite city to visit in Missouri and why?
Columbia, Go Tigers!


Cody Meinert -- May 19, 2014


Why do you volunteer?

I love giving back especially when these athletes have so much fun.

How many times have you volunteered for Special Olympics?  If more than once, what keeps you coming back?
This is my fourth Special Olympics event that I have volunteered at. Plus I have participated in the Polar Plunge twice. I love the joy it brings.

What’s your favorite event to work and why?
This is my first bowling event but it has been my favorite. It is a closer connection with the athletes.

What is your favorite memory of working with a Special Olympics event?
The last athletes I worked with came up to me after the event and said, “You’re my best friend. Thank you for being my buddy.” I am sure he had many best friends but it was still sweet.

Do you have a special connection to Special Olympics? If so, what is it?
I have always had a connection to Special Olympics and those with special needs. In high school, I spent a lot of time with the SSD classrooms. I love the spirit and joy they have when it comes to these events.

What’s your favorite hobby outside of volunteering?
I am very involved in the Boy Scouts of America. Though this is also volunteering, it’s still my favorite past time.

If you could have a super power what would it be and why?
I would want to fly. It just seems FUN!

Where is your favorite city to visit in Missouri and why?
My favorite city is Salem, MO. My family goes on float trips on the Current River. Very relaxing.

 

Tristan Becker -- May 12, 2014

Why do you volunteer?
For NHS hours and to help others

How many times have you volunteered for Special Olympics?  If more than once, what keeps you coming back?
2, I like helping the kids

What’s your favorite event to work and why?
Bowling because the look on the kids’ faces when they drill a strike is worth the world.

What is your favorite memory of working with a Special Olympics event?
My buddy won all his events and got gold medals!

Do you have a special connection to Special Olympics? If so, what is it?
No

What’s your favorite hobby outside of volunteering?
Soccer

If you could have a super power what would it be and why?
Flying so that I could travel the world..

Where is your favorite city to visit in Missouri and why?
Bernie because my grandparents live there.

Robert Rasche -- May 5, 2014

Why do you volunteer?
For NHS hours and because I volunteered last year and loved it.

How many times have you volunteered for Special Olympics?  If more than once, what keeps you coming back?
Twice, because seeing their smiles after a race or bowling is worth all the work and getting up early.

What’s your favorite event to work and why?
Enjoyed being a timer at the races

What is your favorite memory of working with a Special Olympics event?
I volunteered in the rain for races. Though it may seem miserable, it was a memory that I will never forget.

Do you have a special connection to Special Olympics? If so, what is it?
No

What’s your favorite hobby outside of volunteering?
Sports (Football and tennis)

If you could have a super power what would it be and why?
Flying so that I could go anywhere.

Where is your favorite city to visit in Missouri and why?
Columbia because my sister goes to Mizzou and I love going to the football games

 

Alyssa Brammeier -- Apr. 28, 2014

Why do you volunteer?
I like working with the kids

How many times have you volunteered for Special Olympics?  If more than once, what keeps you coming back?
3 times—the happiness the kids show when they get to participate

What’s your favorite event to work and why?
The swimming event was really neat to watch and all the athletes could not have been happier.

What is your favorite memory of working with a Special Olympics event?
Talking to the athletes and seeing how they can excel at their event.

Do you have a special connection to Special Olympics? If so, what is it?
No

What’s your favorite hobby outside of volunteering?
Playing music

If you could have a super power what would it be and why?
Pause time—catch up on sleep/homework and do more in the day

Where is your favorite city to visit in Missouri and why?
St Louis—my college is here

 

Levi Horton -- Apr. 21, 2014

Why do you volunteer?
I have to get hours for NHS

How many times have you volunteered for Special Olympics?  If more than once, what keeps you coming back?
This is my first time

What’s your favorite event to work and why?
The bowling because it is indoors

What is your favorite memory of working with a Special Olympics event?
This is my first time, I’m not sure yet.

Do you have a special connection to Special Olympics? If so, what is it?
No, I do not

What’s your favorite hobby outside of volunteering?
I enjoy traveling the world, volleyball and running

If you could have a super power what would it be and why?
To fly because I could save money on airfare

Where is your favorite city to visit in Missouri and why?
Columbia, MO because it is a vibrant city that always has something to do.

 

Olivia Jones -- Apr. 14, 2014

Why do you volunteer?
We volunteer to help our community, it’s a way to give back for everything we take from it. (Mashruba and I like volunteering together)

How many times have you volunteered for Special Olympics?  If more than once, what keeps you coming back?
I have volunteered 2 times, I love how positive everyone is and how excited the kids are.

What’s your favorite event to work and why?
Our favorite event to work is the bowling because you can see how competitive they get.

What is your favorite memory of working with a Special Olympics event?
Our bowler getting a high score, it was so rewarding to see them succeed.

Do you have a special connection to Special Olympics? If so, what is it?
No, we just enjoy doing it.

What’s your favorite hobby outside of volunteering?
Girl Scouts, we volunteer through that.

If you could have a super power what would it be and why?
To read people’s minds. I want to know what people are thinking.

Where is your favorite city to visit in Missouri and why?
Old St Charles, Main Street. I love all the little shops.

 

Caitlin Perry -- Apr. 7, 2014

Why do you volunteer?
To do something useful with my time and especially with Special Olympics because I wanted to learn more about the organization that I’ve heard about for years.

How many times have you volunteered for Special Olympics?  If more than once, what keeps you coming back?
This is my first time but I would love to come help with other events.

What’s your favorite event to work and why?
I’ve only helped with the basketball tournament, but absolutely loved it. The spirit of the athletes and the enthusiasm of the crowd was inspiring.

What is your favorite memory of working with a Special Olympics event?
Listening to and meeting the athletes today. They all looked like they were having so much fun. I truly enjoyed it.

Do you have a special connection to Special Olympics? If so, what is it?
No

What’s your favorite hobby outside of volunteering?
Playing sports

If you could have a super power what would it be and why?
Be able to read minds to better understand people and why they say and do what they do.

Where is your favorite city to visit in Missouri and why?
Kansas City, partly because I just moved here and it’s the only one I’ve been to.

Virginia Whitlock -- Mar. 31, 2014

Why do you volunteer?
I have an interest in disadvantaged people. I also have friends who have children in Special Olympics.

What’s your favorite event to work and why?
Any but especially sports.

What is your favorite memory of working with a Special Olympics event?
The fun and excitement when the participants get their medals.

Do you have a special connection to Special Olympics? If so, what is it?
Above

What’s your favorite hobby outside of volunteering?
Sewing, reading and walking

If you could have a super power what would it be and why?
Healing and winning people to the Lord

Where is your favorite city to visit in Missouri and why?
Branson and St Louis because of the Cardinals!

Danny Drury -- Mar. 24, 2014

Why do you volunteer?
I believe that it is important to give back to the community through service.

How many times have you volunteered for Special Olympics?  If more than once, what keeps you coming back?
About 5 times and I continue volunteering because I enjoy the excitement of the athletes.

What’s your favorite event to work and why?
I really enjoyed participating in the Polar Plunge and I also liked working the annual Bingo Night at Timberland High School.

What is your favorite memory of working with a Special Olympics event?
My first time of volunteering with the Special Olympics for a Bingo Night was my favorite memory because it was the first time I was able to interact with the athletes and experience their joy in life.

Do you have a special connection to Special Olympics? If so, what is it?
Although I wasn’t very close to my great uncle, my family talks about him and his accomplishments with the Special Olympics

What’s your favorite hobby outside of volunteering?
I run for my high school’s cross country and track teams

If you could have a super power what would it be and why?
I would have Flash’s super power to run at the speed of light because I couldn’t have to waste time driving to places.

Where is your favorite city to visit in Missouri and why?
I love going to downtown St Louis because I am able to see the greatness of our proud city

 

Debby Nichols -- Mar. 17, 2014

Why do you volunteer?
I volunteer because its rewarding, fun and giving back is paying it forward.

How many times have you volunteered for Special Olympics?  If more than once, what keeps you coming back?
5+ times? What keeps me coming back is the athletes. They are beyond fun to be with!

What’s your favorite event to work and why?
Basketball—it’s fast paced and involves more athletes

What is your favorite memory of working with a Special Olympics event?
Being a venue coordinator and managing the Hospitality Room. Meeting people from all over, hearing their connections.

Do you have a special connection to Special Olympics? If so, what is it?
I just retired as a Parapro from the Francis Howell School District and this is just an extension of that for me.

What’s your favorite hobby outside of volunteering?
Cartooning

If you could have a super power what would it be and why?
A super power that allows me to be in multiple places at once.

Where is your favorite city to visit in Missouri and why?
St Louis—it’s where everything is happening. There’s ALWAYS something to see and do!

 

Raphael Garcia -- Mar. 10, 2014

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Why do you volunteer?
I volunteer because it is something I am passionate about. It’s something that makes me happy. It’s inspiring to see these athletes do something they love to do.

How many times have you volunteered for Special Olympics?  If more than once, what keeps you coming back?
This is the second time volunteering for Special Olympics Bowling. I volunteered last year. I used to help with Special Olympics in Chicago. The energy and passion of these athletes keeps me coming back.

What’s your favorite event to work and why?
My favorite event to work is anything involving being able to hang out with the kids.

What is your favorite memory of working with a Special Olympics event?
My favorite memory of working with Special Olympics events has been seeing the athletes being awarded. I enjoy seeing them be happy about something they are passionate about.

Do you have a special connection to Special Olympics? If so, what is it?
I personally do not have any family member involved in Special Olympics, but in high school I had some friends that were involved.

What’s your favorite hobby outside of volunteering?
My favorite hobby besides volunteering is dancing.

If you could have a super power what would it be and why?
If I had a super power I would want it to be the ability to understand what someone is going through, so I can help them in anyway possible.

Where is your favorite city to visit in Missouri and why?
My favorite city to visit in Missouri is St Louis. I’m originally from Chicago and I just love the historical atmosphere. One of my favorite places to go to is the City Museum.

Kathy Jones, Cape Girardeau -- Mar. 3, 2014

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Why do you volunteer?
To be helpful and to have a purpose

How many times have you volunteered for Special Olympics?  If more than once, what keeps you coming back?
First time

What’s your favorite event to work and why?
First time

What is your favorite memory of working with a Special Olympics event?
The joy it brings the players

Do you have a special connection to Special Olympics? If so, what is it?
No

What’s your favorite hobby outside of volunteering?
Painting

If you could have a super power what would it be and why?
Wonder Woman—does the right thing and is helpful

Where is your favorite city to visit in Missouri and why?
Jackson, MO

 

Audrey Seib -- Feb. 24, 2014

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Why do you volunteer?
To gain experience that I can use in my field of occupational therapy.

How many times have you volunteered for Special Olympics?  If more than once, what keeps you coming back?
Twice, love doing it.

What’s your favorite event to work and why?
The Special Olympics event, love seeing how happy and proud the athletes are.

What is your favorite memory of working with a Special Olympics event?
Being thanked for being their friend 

Do you have a special connection to Special Olympics? If so, what is it?
No

What’s your favorite hobby outside of volunteering?
Painting, arts and crafts

If you could have a super power what would it be and why?
To heal.

Where is your favorite city to visit in Missouri and why?
St Charles historic area

 

Dave Nichols -- Feb. 17, 2014 

Feb 17- Dave Nichols

Why do you volunteer?
To help the athletes have a great time

How many times have you volunteered for Special Olympics?  If more than once, what keeps you coming back?
5. The good sportsmanship and the enthusiasm of the athletes. 

What’s your favorite event to work and why?
This is our 1st bowling event. We’ve done the rest of the time at basketball. So far, basketball, but I really like this bowling event.

What is your favorite memory of working with a Special Olympics event?
One basketball player who stopped at the scoring table to see how many points he had scored, every time he made a basket.

Do you have a special connection to Special Olympics? If so, what is it?
My wife worked with special needs kids at Francis Howell High School and I had many opportunities to interact with them.

What’s your favorite hobby outside of volunteering?
Riding my Harley Davidson

Where is your favorite city to visit in Missouri and why?
Branson for the shows, shopping and restaurants

 

Lindsey Palmer--Feb 10, 2014

Why do you volunteer?
I enjoy the experiences and the joy that comes with it. My brother is Autistic and this is my way to give back.

How many times have you volunteered for Special Olympics?  If more than once, what keeps you coming back?
Bowling—3 times.  Special Olympics in general—too many times to count. It’s fun, well organized, my brother is involved (a participant) and all the individuals participating love it.

What’s your favorite event to work and why?
Sledge Hockey

What is your favorite memory of working with a Special Olympics event?
I don’t really have a favorite memory. I enjoy every aspect of it. Their happiness is my favorite.

Do you have a special connection to Special Olympics? If so, what is it?
My brother has PVL (Autism) and the Special Olympics have been extremely beneficial. I also work in Canada at the Abilities Center.

What’s your favorite hobby outside of volunteering?
Lacrosse

If you could have a super power what would it be and why?
To eat what ever I wanted and not gain any weight and fly.

Where is your favorite city to visit in Missouri and why?
St Louis

 


Brenda Newman, Cape Girardeau -- Feb. 3, 2014

Why do you volunteer?
Because I am blessed to not have had a disability. I have the ability to come and I believe in what Special Olympics is about. Their values and impact they have on individual life.

How many times have you volunteered for Special Olympics?  If more than once, what keeps you coming back?
It is special. The interaction with the athletes and just a great day to spend with the visitors.

What’s your favorite event to work and why?
Golf. I can’t GOLF! I am bad at it and I enjoy watching how good the athletes are and wish I could do it. Makes me feel good and it inspires me.

What is your favorite memory of working with a Special Olympics event?
Wow, I really don’t have just one memory. Each year I have had an experience with an athlete that made “me” feel special.

Do you have a special connection to Special Olympics? If so, what is it?
Only that I get to assist with booking rooms for them when they come to Cape Girardeau, MO.

What’s your favorite hobby outside of volunteering?
Walking

If you could have a super power what would it be and why?
Change the “heart” of man. If we could just love and respect each other the world would be a beautiful place.

Where is your favorite city to visit in Missouri and why?
Cape Girardeau! There are so many places hidden that I can visit even though I am right at home 