Jennifer Hoover

Jennifer Hoover

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I’ve been involved in the Special Olympics for more than twenty years as an athlete & I volunteer too. My sports are bowling, long-distance walking & swimming. In the past I have participated in Equestrian, Golf, and Track & Field. But I would rather stick to Swimming.

I when to the 1999 Special Olympics World Summer Games in North Carolina and I participating in swimming. Arnold Schwarzenegger even went through the whole pool and shook everyone’s hand.

Special Olympics has been good for me. I believe you win know mater if you win or lose. Most athletes don’t know any better. Some just want to get 1st place all the time. Some just like the fun, being around friends, or both. I compete in swimming to try and get my time down. Swimming is good for the whole body and its good fitness.

So many of us don’t know what to say to others that are different and I am one of them; I was just born Borderline intellectually Challenged where the worse case is Severely Intellectually Challenged. We just want to be like others no matter how intellectually challenged we are.

You can find me setting up movie dates with my Special Olympics friends & sometimes we go out to eat afterward’s. Friends & family are what I live for. I am someone that likes to have fun.

I expected others to treat me just the same as they would treat their friends. I am learning what others learn in life. Leaning toward God sometimes I hope will lead me down the right path someday. Life isn’t easy for those like me. I want to be understood from the inside out. I like to look at the stars. I am just trying to find my way in the world, who I want to be and what I want in life.

I am learning what others learn in life. Leaning toward God sometimes I hope will lead me down the right path someday. Life isn’t easy for those like me. I want to be understood from the inside out.

Ever sense I started grade school, I just wanted to be like all the other kids. I am, but I am still special in a good way. So, next time you see someone that is different to you, say hi.

You can find me reading so I don’t get board. I will try anything once. My friends tell me I can be goofy at times.

I can almost answer any questions about Special Olympics if you have any.

I am in Masters Swimming or (for throes that are 18 and over). In the past I have tried out for the Paralympics Swimming Time Trials in 1996 and 2000.

I am in Aktion Club (a community-service group for adult citizens who live with a disability), The Arc helps those with developmental disabilities), ALPs (Athlete Leadership Program) [within Special Olympics allows athletes to explore opportunities for participation in roles previously considered “non-traditional.” Through ALPs, athletes serve on Boards of Directors or local organizing committees. Athletes excel as spokespersons, team captains, coaches and officials.]

R is for RESPECT. Not the other r word.
http://www.r-word.org/

Get involved with Special Olympics, you will be glad you did. To find Special Olympics in your County go http://www.specialolympics.org/ .

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