I cannot believe that the Pomp and Circumstance that comes with the school year’s end is here already. Just last week, we had one of our general program athletes and one of our Schools Partnership Program participants graduate from Diablo Valley Community College – and we could not be more proud! Both Chelsea and Ryan participated in DVC’s transition program for students with disabilities. The influence of Special Olympics and the confidence the program instills in the athletes was clearly present as the graduates took their certificates and cheered each other on!
Not only is Chelsea an athlete (and a great bowler, to boot!), but she’s also worked for the past three years as one of our receptionists at the Special Olympics Northern California office headquarters here in Pleasant Hill.
“When I was three years old people told my mom that I was never going to be able to read or write. Boy were they wrong. Here I am giving a speech. Over the years I have had both frustrating times and happy times. At times I wanted to give up. Sometimes I felt like I couldn’t do anything. But all in all I have succeeded.”
Chelsea is an absolute gem of a person, and we are so proud that she’s going to continue her education at Taft College this fall. She has worked incredibly hard to get to where she is, and while we’ll miss her a lot in the office, we are so excited for her future.
At the ceremony, we recognized Ryan immediately as he competed at our Bay Area Games for the past two years. We just featured in a post about Bay Area Games, and he graces many of our promotional materials.
Seeing him wheel across the stage was fantastic and just so inspiring.
Congratulations to all the graduates out there this spring!