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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.

Pat Paulson

West Linn