Grant Brickbealer is aiming to make Washington state proud

Grant Brickbealer’s lifelong love of sports led him to Special Olympics 10 years ago, and he’s on the go all year round with one sport or another. Basketball is his favorite, and he’s excited to be competing on the court in the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games. “I want to show the whole country what our team, our community, and our state can do!” he says.

Grant lives in Lynden, an area of Washington state where programs are somewhat limited for people with intellectual disabilities. Special Olympics helps fill that gap. “I play basketball, soccer, softball, and volleyball with Special Olympics, and I bowl too,” says the Kaiser Permanente member.

Special Olympics Team Washington basketball athlete Grant Brickbealer
Grant Brickbealer, basketball athlete on Team Washington and a Kaiser Permanente member.

Special Olympics’ focus on healthy living is a big plus for Grant, who’s at risk of diabetes. “I’ve learned that I need to eat better and exercise more if I want to be healthy, and I’m trying to do that. I say ‘no!’ to diabetes.”

Grant works as a bagger at Safeway, and in his free time he helps manage Lynden High School’s football and baseball teams. “I’m the go-to guy for whatever they need,” he says. He also likes to hang out with his girlfriend and watch TV.