Ten years ago, Matt Millett changed his life by becoming an athlete with Special Olympics Massachusetts. Over the years, he has become healthier and more physically fit while competing and training for local, state and world competitions. Although Matt competes in basketball, softball and volleyball he has exceptional talents in soccer. This past summer he demonstrated his abilities on two different fields at the 2010 Special Olympics USA National Games in Lincoln, Nebraska and also in South Africa in the Unity Cup. At the National Games Matt joined with 60 additional Special Olympics athletes to train, travel and compete in Nebraska. The experience gave Matt and his fellow athletes the opportunity to work toward achieving their sports goals while also traveling to a new part of the country and make friends with their teammates and competitors.
Traveling to South Africa to compete in the Unity Cup last July was a unique competition opportunity for Matt and the 16 additional Special Olympic athletes from around the world who participated. The event showcased the abilities of Special Olympics athletes to a large, significant audience during a FIFA World Cup competition. Being a Special Olympics athlete has been a positive facet of Matt’s life making him healthy, driven, social and well-rounded. In return, Matt has helped change the perception of those with intellectual disabilities in his hometown of South Grafton to as far away as South Africa through the talent he exhibits on the soccer field.
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