Athlete Maurice of Sacramento has been involved with Special Olympics for more than 25 years and has participated in floor hockey, soccer, basketball, track & field, softball, and bowling.
“My favorite part about Special Olympics is getting to participate in the sports that I love,” said Maurice. “And meet new people. And no matter what happens, have fun doing it.”
Like all athletes and supporters, Maurice was disappointed when in-person events were suspended earlier this year due to COVID-19. But his enthusiasm and attitude remain strong.
Maurice has been an active part in all of Special Olympics Northern California’s (SONC) virtual programming, including live Health & Fitness @ Home classes, Summer Games @ Home, and Fitness Week. He helped lead an interactive workout with the San Francisco 49ers, featuring 49ers offensive lineman Daniel Brunskill and mascot Sourdough Sam, and is a regular contributor to the Health & Fitness @ Home Facebook page by sharing his workouts, healthy meals and motivational messages.
“It’s been quite an experience,” said Maurice. “I would encourage people – whether you’re an athlete or anyone else – to log on to see what it’s all about. It’s a great opportunity to connect with people and learn how to stay healthy.”
Along with Special Olympics Athlete Jordan, Maurice also participated in a Special Olympics North America Health Messenger Training in April and learned about healthy habits and how to motivate others to live healthy lives.
Maurice is one of hundreds of athletes who have participated in SONC @ Home programs to stay active and connected during these tough times. While we cannot be on the field together, the spirit of Special Olympics continues on through virtual programs, personal relationships and the shared inspiration of SONC athletes.