Thursday, April 24th, I had the wonderful opportunity to drive the CMU Special Olympics Michigan Athletes to MSU to play two basketball games against MSU Unified Sports. The entire ride there, they kept saying “we are going to win, we are going to win”! In my defense, I literally had the idea that I was going to volunteer, come to find out that I signed up to actually play with them. After finding this out, in the back of my mind I was thinking there was no way we are going to win because I have never played basketball in my entire life and they might be overestimating their skills. Man was I wrong. These athletes blew me out of the water with their talent and love for the sport. Every single athlete on the CMU and MSU team were absolutely amazing. We did in fact win both games against MSU, and I did somehow scored a basket, but I feel these athletes are better than what people (including myself) put them out to be. I fell in love with volunteering with SOMI athletes and plan to play more games with these athletes throughout the year with other sports they offer. It should be on everyones bucket list to play on a SOMI Unified Sports Team!


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