Alex will have to say goodbye to the Colorado Special Olympics and her local team the Roaring Fork Mountain Ninos. The Special Olympics has been one of the best things that has ever happened to Alex. She has learned to trust herself, her teammates and her coaches.
Alex learned confidence and the importance of always trying your hardest. She learned how to shine ..... and helped us shine through her. She lost her disability and competed on an even playing field, where she was welcome and included ALL the time. Alex has friends across the world.
Alex (and we) traveled to other parts of the state, country and the world all with the Special Olympics. The Special Olympics has changed all our lives in more ways than we can count. We are all better people because of the hundred of athletes, volunteers, coaches and families we have met through the Special Olympics.
A huge thanks to Cammi, Paul, Kiara, Baylee, Callie and all the Roaring Fork Mountain Ninos volunteers who touched Alex these last six years....it is our sincere hope Alex stays involved in the Special Olympics in Ohio.
This past weekend was the last Colorado State Summer Special Olympic Games Alex will attend for a long time, maybe forever. It was the last time Alex will be featured on the front page of a Colorado newspaper for a long time, in this case The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel.
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This is the last time I will spend two longs days in an indoor pool in Grand Junction waiting for Alex to compete (far lane). And secretly wishing I was outside.
I am sure going to miss my baby.
Bittersweet. Beautiful. Extraordinary.