When Tyler Lagasse joined Special Olympics eight years ago, he expected to travel down a new road in life with sports as his vehicle; however, he did not expect how the organization would enhance so many additional facets of his life. Tyler enjoys competing and although he has won countless medals in athletics and basketball he is most fond of golf. His dedication and determination have made him a four-time defending SOMA state champion in division-one golf and recently helped earn him a spot on the 2010 National Games team. Last July he traveled with nearly 60 additional athletes to Lincoln, Nebraska for the Special Olympics USA National Games. Here Tyler demonstrated his talents and abilities on a national stage.
In April 2010 Tyler was honored when he was inaugurated into Special Olympics Massachusetts’ Hall of Fame at their Annual Gala. He was recognized for his hard work and accomplishments as an athlete as well as his exemplary sportsmanship, his work ethic and for being a tremendous advocate for SOMA. Tyler is a member of the Global Messenger Program which has given him the chance to speak to many businesses, schools, organizations and other groups about the positive impact Special Olympics has had on his life. His speeches have helped generate funds for athletic training and competitions. Recently he gave a poignant speech to a group of high school students about ending the use of the ‘r-word’. Tyler’s words were featured on CNN due the positive impact they had on his peers.
Tyler knows he is healthier physically and mentally due to his involvement with Special Olympics. He is an accomplished student who maintains a 3.96 GPA at Middlesex Community College. He aspires to transfer to a four-year college to earn a degree in the Green Energy field.
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