Meet our athletes

Special Olympics athletes bring heart, humor, and hard work to all they do. As they rise to achieve their goals, they create positive change for themselves, their community, and the world beyond. Take a moment to meet the inspiring athletes who are also Kaiser Permanente members.

Sara Peterson, a volleyball player on Team Georgia and a Kaiser Permanente member.

Volleyball player Sara Peterson gains self-confidence through sport

Sara Peterson is a junior at Duluth High School in Georgia, and a volleyball player competing in the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games for Team Georgia. She joined Special Olympics in 2013, and this will be her first appearance in the USA Games. Sara values camaraderie and looks forward to seeing…

Brendan Jagielski, a soccer player on Team Georgia and a Kaiser Permanente member.

Soccer is just one of Brendan Jagielski’s many athletic talents

  Brendan Jagielski began competing with Special Olympics 18 years ago. A multi-sports athlete accomplished in basketball, tennis, bocce, bowling, and track, Brendan will play soccer with Team Georgia in the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games. As a high school soccer player, Brendan won the “Most Spirited Player” award. He…

Senator Green, Special Olympics athlete from Georgia and a Kaiser Permanente member

Competing in Seattle is a slam dunk for Senator Greene

Senator Greene, a recent graduate of Johns Creek High School in Georgia, joined Special Olympics in 2014. He has previously been a member of the Special Olympics Torch Relay team, and this year travels to Seattle to play basketball and soccer in the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games. In high…

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…

Special Olympics Team Washington flag football athlete Joshua Bennett

Joshua Bennett is a big force in flag football

Joshua Bennett has always enjoyed playing sports. He’s good at most sports too, and he likes to compete. At 6′ 3″ and 298 pounds, he’s a good match for flag football. And his size matches his big dreams for the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games and beyond. “I’m looking forward…

Samantha Lee enjoys friendship and confidence through bocce

In Oregon, bocce athlete and Kaiser Permanente member, Samantha Lee, who goes by Sam, is preparing for her first time competing in the Special Olympics USA Games on Team Oregon. Sam has also previously participated in bowling and golf at the state level. And while she enjoys competing, the lifelong…

Special Olympics Team Washington flag football athlete Sam Shelton

Sam Shelton finds big rewards with flag football team

Sam Shelton thought he’d just get a little exercise and do a good deed when he started participating in Special Olympics athletics back in 2011. Little did he know it would become one of the most important parts of his life. Or that he and his flag football teammates would…

Special Olympics Team Washington track and field athlete Andrew Fowler

Andrew Fowler goes fast and far on his feet

Whether Andrew Fowler is speed walking in a 50-meter race or a 100-meter race, he’s fast. Really fast. And he flies far in the standing long jump, too. He’ll be competing in those 3 events at the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games, where he hopes to win gold medals and…

Special Olympics Team Washington basketball athlete Gina Boyle

Gina Boyle is playing her best at basketball and beyond

Gina Boyle’s favorite sport is basketball, and you’ll see her speeding down the court at the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games. “I’m really fast, I practice a lot, and I’ve gotten better and better by playing on my Special Olympics team,” she says. “I want to play my best at…

Special Olympics Team Washington swimming athlete Jackson Mayor

Jackson Mayor is swimming into an exciting summer

Swing by the swimming pool during the 2018 USA Games and you may be lucky enough to catch 11-year-old Jackson Mayor in action — racing in freestyle and breaststroke events. But don’t think for a moment that this talented Kaiser Permanente member only excels at swimming. He’s also on the…

Special Olympics Team Washington stand-up paddleboarding athlete Devon Adelman

Stand-up paddleboarder Devon Adelman follows her dreams

Devon Adelman is standing up for what she loves and believes in, literally. The dynamic 21-year-old Kaiser Permanente member is competing in stand-up paddleboarding at the 2018 USA Games. She’s also serving as a Special Olympics ambassador for the Games, which are taking place in her hometown of Seattle. “Seattle…

Special Olympics Team Washington track and field athlete Lizzie Enriquez-Ortiz

Lizzie Enriquez-Ortiz is going for gold in track and field

28-year-old Lizzie Enriquez-Ortiz discovered her love of running when she was a child in Baja, Mexico. But it wasn’t until her family moved to Seattle that Lizzie discovered Special Olympics. This Kaiser Permanente member has big goals and even bigger talent. Lizzie has participated in Special Olympics regional and state…

Special Olympics Team Washington softball athlete Truman Hobbs

Truman Hobbs steps up to the plate

Truman Hobbs started playing softball just 3 years ago. Now this 17-year-old from Lake Stevens is a proud member of Team Washington, and in a recent game made the play that brought his team to victory. But getting to where he is today wasn’t easy. Truman’s success comes after much…

Special Olympics Team Washington flag football athlete Troy Marsh

Troy Marsh puts his best foot forward for flag football

Track, soccer, swimming, basketball, bowling. Name a sport and Troy Marsh has probably enjoyed it and been good at it. “I’ve always liked being active, and being part of a team,” says the 28-year-old Kaiser Permanente member, who is excited about competing in flag football at the 2018 USA Games….

Special Olympics Team Washington bocce athlete Nathan Zeidman

Nathan Zeidman is keeping his eye on the bocce ball

Nathan Zeidman has been involved in sports for almost his entire life: soccer, basketball, softball, golf, and bowling. All the skill and determination he’s applied to those sports led him to excel at bocce and qualify for the 2018 USA Games. Originally, Nathan tried bocce to meet new people and…