Local Special Olympics junior basketball team has special leader
22 years ago Beth-Ann Beard adopted her son, born with fetal alcohol syndrome. Today she finds herself working with the Special Olympics, coaching junior teams from soccer, softball and basketball.
"They think they're the Michael Jordans. They all have it in them to really want to win and it's great to see them trying hard and when they win it's the best," Beard said.
The junior level, which Beth-Ann teaches, has kids up to 16-years-old. The kids say they love to win but more importantly just want to enjoy themselves.
The team is divided into athletes and partners. The athletes are the special kids on the team. But because there's only four of them, they have kids called partners that actually get to participate in the sports.
"We have family. Like I have a couple of brothers that are special. It's fun to like teach them how to do it and just watching them have fun," said Rosemary Dimmick, Beth-Ann's granddaughter.
Beth-Ann has been the coach for four years, and says the experience is as rewarding for the coaches as it is for the kids.
"These kids need us and we need them." Beth-Ann said.