When Kayla McKeon was about 13 years old, she realized that she couldn’t keep up physically with other kids, although she tried very hard. But then she was introduced to Special Olympics and immediately knew this was the place to be. She began learning different sports and new skills, and started socializing and making new friends. Participating in sports training and competition gave her confidence and a voice to be an advocate for people with intellectual disabilities.
Kayla says Special Olympics has been a big part of her life ever since she first got involved a decade ago. Once Kayla started, she wanted to keep pushing ahead, exploring new sports. She has competed in floor hockey, softball, bowling, soccer, track and field, as well as bocce.