Attend my Retirement Party by joining in my Salute to Summer Games!
The 2020 Summer Games was going to be my 37th Summer Games and my “Official Retirement Party”. It was going to be my chance to say goodbye to everyone throughout the state, share memories, shed some tears but mostly receive hugs from our athletes who I have grown to love and will miss tremendously. So instead of a big Retirement Party and gifts like folks normally have, I am doing something different. I am asking that you donate $37.00 in honor of what would have been my 37th Summer Games alongside our amazing SOKY athletes. My goal is to raise as much funds as I can so we can continue the sports training and competition, health screenings and unified sports for our current 11,300 athletes and future athletes. So, will you ATTEND MY RETIREMENT PARTY and support our athletes and continue this movement?
My love for Special Olympics started while in college at Western Kentucky University. During this time, we had a Professor Ms. Joann Verner (Ms. V) who required her students to volunteer at the Area 5 Special Olympics Games. My first State Games were at Murray State University and soon later my first International Games- Louisiana State University. The feeling I had going out onto Tiger Field was too much for this small-town country girl. The stadium was filled, and everyone were cheering for the athletes - 60,000 plus folks cheering for Special Olympians and I was just a small part of this movement. In 1984, I started working for SOKY and have tremendously enjoyed getting to spend time with our athletes, working with volunteers, getting to know family members and working with an incredible staff. The memories I have made will last a lifetime.