letter - June 9, 2011
Special Olympics gives opportunity to give, receive and learn
To the Editor:
At a time in my life when I was more than a little lost and looking for direction, I had the good fortune to become involved with Special Olympics of Oregon. As I enter my second season as a volunteer softball coach with this wonderful organization, I can only try to begin to put into words what these athletes have taught me: honesty, compassion, patience, acceptance and the gift of the ability to view even the smallest accomplishment with unbridled joy and enthusiasm.
A dear friend once told me, 'Give and it will be given back to you over and above all you could ask for or think.'
As I tell my athletes, 'Whether you think you can or you think you can't, you are absolutely right!'
Please take advantage of the opportunity to volunteer with Oregon Special Olympics.