By Emme Punches,
Special Olympics Massachusetts Events Coordinator
When Chris Dwyer first became involved with Special Olympics 13 years ago he never imagined it would take him it would take him all the way to the Boston Marathon. To be honest, he’s still in awe. Chris has always been an athlete but in middle and high school, he decided to use his skills on the field to help his local Special Olympics Massachusetts teams in soccer, basketball and golf.
“Special Olympics is an amazing program that offers children and adults with special needs the ability to participate in programs 365 days of the year. As a student at Boston College, I was a member of the sailing team where athletics challenged me to be a better athlete, student, and citizen than I was the day before. This is the power of sports and what makes the Special Olympics an invaluable experience to those who participate,” he said.
“I’m now twenty-three and want to give back to the energetic coaches and volunteers as well as the talented, passionate, and caring athletes who enriched my life through Special Olympics. Having spent four years watching the Boston Marathon go through my Boston College campus, I realized that I could combine a personal challenge with one that will hopefully benefit the lives of so many others,” explained Dwyer.
As Chis looked for new ways to challenge himself, one thing stuck out in his mind. Running the Boston Marathon is just one of the many ways Chris is giving back to his community, bringing awareness to a worthy cause and pushing his athletic limits. We can’t wait to watch him cross the finish line and continue to change the lives of our Special Olympics athletes!
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