David Tynes was first introduced to Special Olympics as a child through his sister’s involvement. Denise Tynes’ history as an athlete dates back to the origins of Special Olympics Massachusetts in 1970. Though not a formal organization until 1971, unofficially Special Olympics games were taking place as early as 1970 in the Bay State — a fact Tynes himself is quick to point out. His journey has taken him from sibling and fan, to volunteer, coach and director of the Cambridge program, and is a testament to Tynes deep love and dedication for Special Olympics. In 2014 Tynes coached the Cambridge Warriors basketball team at the USA Games in New Jersey, helping his team win a bronze medal along the way.
This October 2nd, Tynes, along with a class of athletes, coaches, volunteers, families and sponsors, will be recognized at the 2014 Special Olympics Massachusetts Hall of Fame induction ceremony at The Yawkey Sports Training Center in Marlborough, MA.“I got involved with Special Olympics as a child watching my sister Denise perform. I started out as a family member first way back when, and then later on as a volunteer,” said Tynes. “I became a training coordinator and later on a coach and the director of a program. It’s been a great time ever since.”
“For me it is the ultimate honor, because Special Olympics has truly been my life. The athletes are truly my family,” said Tynes reflecting on his induction into the Hall of Fame. “It’s truly the highest honor, that I’ve ever, or will ever achieve.”