Saturday, November 10, 2012

Day 315: Awarded Medals At The Special Olympics

I have been to many different sporting events in my life.  You name it: baseball, basketball, football, hockey, soccer, cycling (Little 500!!!).  I save the ticket from each of these events and keep them in a box as a memory.  Each on of these games was memorable for one reason or another, and when I look at the tickets, it always makes me think about who I went with, what happened, etc.  Today, I went to a sporting event, and although I didn't get a ticket to put into my box, I was left with some memories I will cherish for the rest of my life. 

This morning/afternoon, I volunteered for the state floor hockey finals for Special Olympics Illinois.  Teams from all around the state came together to show off their impressive floor hockey skills, and I was lucky enough to be tasked with helping man the awards table.  Throughout the day, I was able to watch the best example of sportsmanship that I think I have ever seen.  The athletes were so excited, so talented, and so dedicated to their sport.  After each round of individual and team events, medals and trophies were handed out to the athletes.  So today, for my random act of kindness, I had the honor of awarding medals at the Special Olympics.  My wife and daughter joined me at the festivities and got to enjoy themselves at some of the matches.  I also wanted to give a special shout out to Ms. Kirsten Corbett and her Girl Scout troop who I joined in passing out the medals.

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