Delaware athletes excited to showcase their skills in 2022 Special Olympics USA Games
DELAWARE- 26-year-old, Jillian Mathews, got a knock on her door saying she was going to the 2022 Special Olympics USA Games in Florida.
“I was very surprised and very shocked because I wasn’t really expecting it,” Jillian Mathews, an athlete, said.
Mathews is just one of the 29 Delaware athletes attending the Orlando event at ESPN Wide World of Sports in June of next year.
“It’s going to be a really exciting time for our athletes because not only are they going to get to go compete on a huge stage against athletes from around the country,” Jon Buzby, Director of Media Relations for Special Olympics Delaware, said.
We are told athletes on the Delaware team will compete in 7 of the 19 Olympic-type sports offered.
“Our athletes are going to be participating in seven different sports, the sports of basketball, bocci, bowling, power lifting, swimming tennis, and track and field,” Buzby said.
And for many of the athletes attending the games, it’s a once in a lifetime experience.
But, for Mathews this will actually be her second time.
“It makes me feel confident, very active,” Mathews said. “And also meeting the athletes from all over the country makes me even more proud.”
Jillian said she will be running in the track and field event and looks forward to supporters cheering her on.
One of those being, Buzby, who lights up watching the athletes.
” To see them shine on that stage outside of Delaware is just an amazing thing, and to see their excitement,” Buzby said.
Adding, that once the athletes leave the games he’s hoping they can say this was one of the best times of their lives.
“We hope that they talk about the experiences that they had, the people that they met, we know that they are going to talk about Disney World, but the focus is on the opportunity,” Buzby said.