This past Saturday I volunteered, along with my coworkers, at the Michigan Special Olympics Summer Games at Central Michigan University. It's the first time I have volunteered at one of their events and it was a humbling and eye-opening experience.
Why? I'll tell you why.
I did not see one of the athletes, no matter of what age, throw a temper tantrum, swear or do anything else derogatory because they missed a shot -- in this case, the competition was bowling. Everyone was pleasant to each other, no matter what team they were on. There was a lot of high fives and "Good Job!" exclamations by both athletes and coaches.
One young lady, who looked like she suffered from Down's Syndrome, threw a strike. She turned around with a big smile on her face and then teared up. So did I.
Well done, Michigan Olympians. Now I know why they call you all "special." You sure are.