How can you say enough about the Special Olympics.
Each year when I go out and cover the games and then later the Torch Run, I am overwhelmed with two emotions.
First and foremost is the athletes.
They are awesome. If half of us applied the effort to our lives that these young folks apply to these games we would have no hunger, everyone that wanted a job would have one and there would be no such thing as an unbalanced budget.
I never see one of the athletes frown.
Think about that for a minute.
How often in a day do you see people who are smiling. I’ve done my own survey many times and I’m gonna tell you there are not a lot of smiling faces out there.
But at the Special Olympic Games, there are plenty to go around.
I’ve seen it so many times and it still touches my heart to see these kids having such a good time.
You know, life is hard and I believe smiles make it just a little easier.
Standing on the sidelines and watching the athletes put out 100-plus percent makes your heart feel good.
What makes it wonderful is that it doesn’t matter if they come in first or last, the effort is still there.
None of this would happen if were not for the volunteers ... my second emotion.
Now you talk about smiles, there are bunch there, too!
I cannot say enough about those who give of their time.
They are wonderful people with beautiful hearts.
It is not an easy task to put on such an event.
The athletes are special and require a little more attention and that is where you see the giving hearts.
I’ll be honest, when I first started going to these events, I was a little apprehensive.
That went away quickly when I saw the reactions of both athletes and volunteers.
My friend Jimmy Davis was honored at this year’s event, and rightfully so.
Jimmy was a man with a big heart who truly cared about these kids.
He was humble about what he did, but believe me many lives were changed because of his 30-plus years volunteering and working with the Special Olympics.
But the good thing is that others have stepped up to take his place.
Let me make a suggestion to you if you ever wonder about what is good about humanity, go to a Special Olympic’s event.
I promise you that you will not leave the same person.