Humpday Health- Special Olympics allows everyone to be healthy


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — This week for our Humpday Health we meet some special athletes who show us that no matter the odds, anyone can be athletes and be healthy.

“It’s a great organization to be involved with and people like you, who are watching and volunteering, make an impact on our lives.” Athlete Natalie Robins said.

There are more than 600 athletes involved in the New Hanover County Special Olympics.

These athletes compete in year round sports training and competition that offer them so much more than just games.

“I think my favorite part of being in the Special Olympics has to be getting to meet new people and going to new places that you’ve never been.” Robins said.

Stephanie Abel and Natalie Robins have been participating in Special Olympics for years. Special Olympics Coordinator Tiffany Lesley loves to see them, and all the athletes, succeed.

“No matter what that disability may be, it’s just heart-warming and touching and I just can’t say enough about our athletes and how great they are as individuals.” Lesley said.

Special Olympics athletes all have some form of intellectual or developmental disability.

But that doesn’t stop them from staying healthy and creating great sport memories.

“We were in a relay race that was so close and I got out of the pool and looked up at the board and saw that New Hanover County had first place in the relay and that was an awesome experience.” Robins said.

“Powerlifting I did my own weight in the deadlift which was 125,” Athlete Stephanie Abel said. “That was pretty amazing, I was proud of myself for that.”

That feeling of pride is evident when you see the faces of some of these athletes competing.

Each one is proving that they can compete and be healthy no matter what they’re faced with.

Something that touches the hearts of those involved.

“I wish more people were able to work with our athletes,” Lesley said.  “I can’t say enough good things about them. I love them.”

You can do your part to help these athletes, this weekend they are hosting their only fundraiser of the year with their Polar Plunge in Kure Beach.

If you’d like to volunteer or donate to the cause you can visit their website by clicking here.

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