March 23 – For the second time in the history of our team, everyone who competed at the Special Olympics District Swim Meet won at least one gold medal – earning them a golden ticket to the Special Olympics Illinois Summer Games, which will be held in Normal, IL., June 7 – 9. Congratulations to all our swimmers who not only displayed great swimming skills, but also great sportsmanship. Thank you to all our peer coaches who have worked so hard with our athletes this year. Your dedication paid off! And thanks to all the parents and helpers who got their swimmers to every practice. If you ever start to wonder if it’s worth it, just look at the smiles during the award ceremonies and the strong friendships among of our teammates. It truly matters! We are so proud of every one of you. Well done, Libertyville Stars!
Our thanks to Lake Forest College and their many student volunteers who gave up their day to make it such a special event for the athletes.
And a special shout out to Maddie – who won her VERY FIRST GOLD MEDAL with our team – the first of many, many more to come in the future! Way to shine, Maddie!
Amanda did a great job leading the Special Olympics oath just before the competition began:
“Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.”