A Family Affair

Brenda Garcia, of Lawrence, MA,  significantly improved her time in the 25-meter assisted walk at the 2014 Special Olympics Massachusetts Summer Games. Mostly, it is because she is awesome and she works real hard. Also, her brother Alonzo has worked with her to optimize her assisted-walking device. Additionally her coach Phil Glendye (who can be heard screaming in the video below) has given her incredible support. Check out her race:

You can see how pumped Brenda was to excel in the race. In fact, Brenda was incredibly proud of another recent milestone. A few weeks ago, she walked across the stage at to receive her diploma from Lawrence High School. We talked to Brenda and Alonzo after the race about all of this (I stopped the video abruptly but was assured afterwards that Brenda’s tears were tears of joy not sadness!):

All-in-all, Brenda’s story shows what can happen when you work hard, have an awesome family, and a coach who cares. Special Olympics sports at its finest.

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