Cameron, Bend High School
Special Olympics Oregon participants from all over the state have begun training hard for the upcoming regional competitions in June and Summer State Games, proudly supported by A-dec, in July. Athletes compete in athletics (track & field), bocce, golf, and softball.
With the help of our supporters and donors, Special Olympics Oregon now serves 13,000 participants year round through life-changing opportunities. Our programs provide opportunities for people with intellectual disabilities to feel respected, included, and empowered to be the best they can be.
This month we have highlighted one of our amazing athletes, Cameron, who has grown tremendously throughout his two years with Special Olympics Oregon.
Cameron first got involved in Special Olympics Oregon two years ago during his freshman year at Bend High School when he participated in their Unified Sports program. He participates year round in Unified soccer, Unified basketball and Unified softball.
When Cameron began he was very enthusiastic about sports, but had some growing to do in learning to be a team player. Since then his teachers and coaches say that Cameron’s growth has been outstanding. “When we see him at practice or on the playing field he is encouraging other players, participating in practices, and supporting his team,” said Robert, Life Skills Teacher and Unified Sports Coach at Bend Senior High School.
The leadership and compassion that Cameron exhibits to his teammates is admirable. At the Unified Basketball tournament that his team recently competed at, one of the players was very upset about missing several baskets. Cameron took the time to go and encourage the other player to the point that the other player continued to play.
Cameron has come a long way from the freshman who had difficulty being a team player, to now being a tremendous asset to our teams,” said Coach Tadjiki.
We are inspired and proud to have Cameron as a Special Olympics Oregon athlete, and we thank those who support our mission and helping individuals like Cameron succeed on and off the field.