Ben stout

Ben Stout

Ben has been a Special Olympics PA athlete for 30 years, participating in bocce, track and field, golf, soccer, basketball, and his favorite sports: bowling and swimming. His favorite memories are fundraising for the Summer Games, being on a Sheetz Billboard, and mostly just being with friends at practice. His favorite part about being a Special Olympics PA athlete is being able to do his best. Ben lives with his parents in Bethel Park and works for Achieva. In his free time, Ben bowls on Mondays, walks a mile every day, and enjoys writing and Disney movies. Ben makes us smile after every competition when he says “it’s the best day ever”!

Kellen Brookins

Kellen Brookins

Kellen has been a Special Olympics PA athlete for over 12 years. In addition to soccer, basketball, swimming and track, Kellen also participates in bowling with the South Hills All Stars. Kellen loves to spend his free time listening to music, dancing, watching movies, reading, and completing puzzles.

Ben Foster

Ben Foster

Ben has been a Special Olympics PA athlete for 15 years, participating in bocce and his favorite sport: bowling. His favorite memory is winning gold medals and his favorite part of being a Special Olympics PA athlete is being with and meeting friends. Ben resides with his cats Snow and Murrey. He works as a habilitation aide and loves hockey.

Isadora Silk

Isadora Silk

Isadora has been a Special Olympics PA athlete for 19 years, participating in bocce, basketball, track and field, and her favorite sport: bowling. Isadora’s favorite memory has been getting selected to go to Shanghai, China twice and her favorite part about being a Special Olympics PA athlete is being able to play sports, no matter what level of skill, and meeting new people. Isadora resides in Squirrel Hill where she works as a cashier. She also enjoys scrapbooking in her free time.

Martin Lauth

Martin Lauth

Martin has been a Special Olympics PA athlete for over 20 years, competing in swimming. His favorite sport is hockey. Martin’s favorite memory is winning gold in the backstroke at Penn State and his favorite part about being a Special Olympics PA athlete is being with friends and exercising. Martin works at Giant Eagle and in his free time enjoys performing at the Center for Theater Arts, hanging out with friends, and bowling.

Michael Lorenzi

Michael Guy Lorenzi

Michael has been a Special Olympics PA athlete for 30 years, participating in bocce, soccer, swimming, track, softball, basketball, Torch Runs, Polar Plunges, and his favorite sport: bowling. Michael’s favorite memory is going to Penn State for the Summer Games and meeting new friends. His favorite part about being a Special Olympics PA athlete is being able to attend different tournaments and participating in other events outside of the tournaments, such as Torch Runs and Polar Plunges. Michael resides in Brentwood with his sister Dawn Ann, his 3 dogs (Grizzalee, Guido, and Willow), and his 3 cats (Peanut, Wednesday, and Lilly). In his free time, Michael loves to see his cousin’s band, the Steeltown Band, and hear them play his favorite song, Mony Mony. He also loves to go to the pool, do crafts, visit his Aunt Millie on Sundays, eat hamburgers and spaghetti, and watch movies, including his favorites: Grease, Dirty Dancing, Ghostbusters, and Space Jam.

Nick Rogers

Nick Rogers

Nick has been a Special Olympics PA athlete for over 13 years! He loves to compete in basketball, soccer and track & field with the Pathfinder Piranhas. On Sundays, you might see Nick at St. Mary of the Mount church where he serves as an altar boy.

Jessica Clayton

Jessica Clayton

Jess has been with Special Olympics PA for over 14 years! Her favorite sport is bocce, but she also enjoys long distance walking and bowling. Jess has also been an amazing ambassador for Special Olympics PA! She’s even traveled across the country to present at various Special Olympic events.

Paul Sanker

Paul Sanker

Paul has been involved with Special Olympics PA for over 24 years and competes in multiple sports like basketball, bowling, golf, soccer, track & field, skiing and even speed skating. Many people are surprised to learn that he used to skate with former silver medalist Olympian, John Henry.

Lydia Wert

Lydia has been a Special Olympics athlete and Global Messenger for over 9 years. She has competed in soccer, skiing, track & field, and swimming. In 2018, she represented Team PA at the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games in Seattle, Washington. Lydia spends her free time volunteering at the Muddy Rose Pottery in Hopewell Township.

Liz

Liz joined the Special Olympics over 3 years ago. Besides bowling, Liz also enjoys ice skating, power lifting, swimming, basketball, and bowling. When she’s not competing, Liz loves to hang out with her friends and enjoy movies, dinner and various outings. Her favorite past time is painting.

Justin Jones

Justin

Justin’s mom can describe him with two simple words: A Blessing! Justin or JJ as he is affectionately known, has been with SOPA now for 10 years and he participates in a number of sports: swimming, basketball, track, bowling and soccer.  Of those though, swimming is definitely his favorite!  When I asked his mom about his preferred swimming stroke, she laughed and said does leisurely floating count!  However, all joking aside, I found out that Justin can turn up the heat on his front crawl when he wants to race to the finish line! She said all they have to say is “JJ go fast”.  Justin’s dad is a pastor and during each sermon he asks people to shake someone’s hand and spread love…JJ calls this the “Shake and Spread” and it’s a motto he tries to live by everyday-it is a lot more than just words to him.  For JJ, it’s a way of life and everyone who meets him describes this gentle man as easy going, very helpful, loving and willing to lend a hand to anyone in need.

Cory Brunck

Cory Brunck

Cory has been a Special Olympics PA athlete for six years, participating in basketball, floor hockey, and his favorite sports: softball and soccer. Cory’s favorite memory is winning gold in basketball at Penn State and his favorite part about being a Special Olympics PA athlete is meeting new friends and having fun! Cory currently resides in Butler County with his mom, dad, brother, and their dog (Melanie) and cat (Nico). In his free time, Cory works at Giant Eagle and enjoys going on bike rides with his family and swimming. “Never give up” is Cory’s favorite quote to live by!

Jonathan

Jonathan Tyler

Jonathan has been involved in Special Olympics PA for 14 years and he started his athletic career with us as a golfer.  He currently participates in swimming, basketball and bowling.  While Jonathan likes all of the sports he participates in, Basketball is his favorite because he loves to score baskets and dunk the ball when on a fast break, thus earning him the nickname “High Flyer Tyler”!  Jonathan has worked for the past 7 years at UPMC as a mail handler and in his spare time he enjoys racing go karts, long distance running and drawing.

Zachary Williams

Zachary has been an athlete with Special Olympics since the young age of 8 years old. He has competed in a variety of sports including bocce, basketball, swimming, baseball, and track & field. Zachary is also very passionate about healthy habits and loves to promote the importance of things like nutrition and exercising to other Special Olympic athletes. On Sundays, you will find him assisting his pastor in teaching gospel at his local church.

Judah

Judah has been with Special Olympics for over five (5) years and loves to compete in track, baseball, and basketball. You can also find him in the pool swimming with the Pathfinder Piranhas. Judah is just as disciplined in school as well. His favorite subjects are music and gym. You might see him doing cartwheels and dancing as he tries to charm the ladies too!

Nancy

Nancy is an athlete with Washington/Greene County.  She has been involved in Special Olympics for over 5 years and is a multi-sport athlete.   She competes in swimming, bowling, long distance run/walk and soccer!  Swimming is her favorite sport because she just loves to be in the water.  When Nancy is not participating in sports, she works out at the gym a few days a week and goes horseback riding every Wednesday. Nancy also holds a full-time job at a daycare helping with snacks, lunch, nap-time and activities.  When people meet Nancy, they say she is always smiling!

Jacki

Jacki is an athlete with Butler County.  She has been involved in Special Olympics for most of her life and is a multi-sport athlete.   She competes in floor hockey, soccer, volleyball, tennis and basketball!  When Jacki is not practicing her sports, she loves to read crime novels & listening to music. She also enjoys video games and watching movies. Jacki truly enjoys public speaking and is a Global Messenger for Special Olympics Pennsylvania.  Global Messengers teach people about Special Olympics and spread our mission with the public.

Edi Durakovic

Edi competes in Special Olympics basketball through his school and bowls with the South Hills All Stars.  He enjoys hanging out with his teammates and never misses the opportunity to share high-fives.

Edi loves WWE, snowboarding and playing video games. The ONLY thing he would take a break from these things for is a good pizza and some cookies! He is looking forward to meeting you and he can’t wait to connect with some new teammates.

Meghan Lynch

Meg has been involved with Special Olympics for about 13 years. She participates in Soccer, Basketball, Swimming, and Track & Field.

Meghan is 21 years old and she graduated from Pathfinder School and participates in the Adult Training Program at Step by Step. In her free time Meg enjoys playing on the computer, reading books, playing board games, and she is a HUGE fan of American Ninja Warrior.

Kevin Woodbury

Kevin has competed with Special Olympics for many years.  He enjoys multiple sports, and has earned gold medals in 3-on-3 basketball with the Pathfinder Piranhas.

After working for over 30 years, in 2016, Kevin retired from the U.S. Post Office.

With the support of his close-knit family, Kevin has become very independent.  He loves, church, music and is a huge fan of the Pittsburgh Pirates.  He always has a joke to brighten your day.

Hailey

Hailey is an athlete with Butler County She has been involved in Special Olympics for most of her life and is a multi-sport athlete.   She competes in volleyball, Floor Hockey, Basketball and Gymnastics!  Gymnastics is her favorite sport because it’s something new for her to learn and they have A LOT of fun doing it!  When Haley is not practicing in sports, she loves to hang out with her cousin Katie watching movies and listening to music.

Katy Day

Katy Day

Katy has been a Special Olympics PA athlete for 5 years, participating in cheerleading, floor hockey, snowshoeing, swimming, and her favorite sport: soccer. Katy’s favorite memory as a Special Olympics PA athlete has been winning a gold medal in Orlando, FL for soccer and her favorite part about it is competing in sports with her friends. In her free time, Katy enjoys practicing her sports and helping at a childcare center.

Lori Seligman

Lori Seligman

Lori has been a Special Olympics PA athlete for 25 years, participating in bocce, track and field, and her favorite sport: swimming. Lori’s favorite memory has been Sports Camp in Antiochian Village and her favorite part about being a Special Olympics PA athlete is everything, but especially being with her coaches and team. Lori resides in Squirrel Hill and enjoys collecting Wizard of Oz items and working at the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh.

Logan Aiello

Logan Aiello

Logan has been a Special Olympics PA athlete for 16 years, competing in swimming, pickleball, and his favorite sport: running. His favorite memory is going to Villanova to run and his favorite part about being a Special Olympics PA athlete is going to the races. Logan resides in Crafton with his family, including his 3 cats (Donnie, Dexter, and Davey) and 2 dogs (Honey and Finney). Logan works at Goodwill and enjoys attending his musical theater class and watching movies.

Shay Moffatt

Shay Moffatt

Katy Day

Katy Day

Greg Crisson

Greg Crisson

Haleigh Sommers

Haleigh Sommers

Theresa Cavallaro

Theresa Cavallaro

Sabrina Cavallaro

Sabrina Cavallaro