Although the holidays are a busy time, taking a moment to help others is rewarding and can make a significant impact in someone’s life. In 2008, Amanda McKelvey’s life changed when she became a Special Olympics athlete. Over the past four years, she has become an increasingly busy young woman who is always on the go whether she is going to basketball practice, to work or to attend a fundraising event. She plays soccer and tennis but has a particular penchant for basketball. Amanda is a very talented athlete who has competed in all three sports at State Games. She enjoys her time training and looks forward to events which give her time with her teammates and a chance to meet athletes from other teams.
In 2010, Amanda’s hard work and dedication as an athlete paid off and when she earned a place on the 2010 Special Olympics USA National Games Basketball Team. She was one of nearly 60 athletes who represented the Commonwealth in Lincoln, Nebraska with over 3,000 of her peers selected for their superior abilities. Amanda was an important member of the team and her agility on the court contributed to winning the bronze medal. Showcasing her abilities in basketball was only one highlight of Amanda’s trip; she also enjoyed traveling to a new place and the chance to have an overnight trip.
The opportunities for Amanda to experience success and a healthier way of life through athletics with Special Olympics have increased her confidence and success outside the gym. When she is not training or competing, Amanda is a wonderful cook and is pursuing her passion in the kitchen by working at a local restaurant. She also enjoys finding ways to contribute to Special Olympics Massachusetts by raising money through fundraisers. Amanda has run several road races but greatly enjoys the organization’s annual Jolly Jaunt which raises money for her favorite cause.
This holiday season let Amanda’s passion and spirit inspire you to make a difference. Click below to provide a better way of life for those with intellectual disabilities.