Alexandra Pope has only been an athlete with Special Olympics Massachusetts for one year however, she is a veteran rider of over 14-years in equestrian. In the short time she has been with Special Olympics, Pope feels the organization has given her the world. On June 25-July 4, she will get to truly experience the world when she travels to Athens, Greece to join over 7,500 additional athletes from around the globe at the 2011 World Summer Games. Pope will represent Team USA in equestrian as part of Team USA and the Massachusetts delegation. Being an athlete has helped her dreams come true by accomplishing great feats in sports as well as fulfilling Pope’s desire to travel and explore new places. She is honored to have the incredible opportunity to compete in a different country in dressage, prix Caprilli and English equitation events.
When she is not competing, Pope enjoys working with animals; she loves dogs, helping out at the farm and assisting children with their riding skills at the Pony Club. Recently, Pope made her debut fundraising effort when she venturing into SOMA’s annual Jolly Jaunt 5K fun run. She not only participated in the event, she also helped raise money to support training and competition opportunities for athletes, like herself, across the Commonwealth. In a very short time, Pope has gone a long way on and off the field due to her participation in Special Olympics. She is excited for the chance to explore the world as an athlete and look forward to doing her best on the world stage among thousands of her peers. .