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"It is important to learn how to be a healthy athlete because the healthier I am, the more energy I have, and the better I can be at my sports."

Hi, my name is Allen Tobin, and I wouldn’t be the athlete leader who I am today if it wasn’t for Special Olympics. I would not be able to see or hear well enough to play the sports I love. I have gotten new glasses, sports glasses and two hearing aids, with help from Special Olympics global health program, made possible by the Golisano Foundation. Because of Healthy Athletes, I was referred through my local Special Olympics program to the Truman Medical Center Elks Club mobile dentist to help me with my dental problems. Also, during the 2015 Special Olympics World Games, I went to a Fit Feet event. They gave me new orthopedic running shoes to help me with my sports.

 

Most of the athletes like myself do not have health insurance or cannot afford health insurance. Now I am able to talk to other people about Healthy Athletes as well as help my fellow athletes to go through these health exams. Because I am an athlete health leader, I do not think twice of helping out my fellow athletes.

Most of the athletes like myself do not have health insurance or cannot afford health insurance. Now I am able to talk to other people about Healthy Athletes as well as help my fellow athletes to go through these health exams. Because I am an athlete health leader, I do not think twice of helping out my fellow athletes with intellectual disabilities all over the country and all over the world to get healthier and get health care. Special Olympics has done so much for me and that I try to help out and do whatever I can to give back to Special Olympics.

About Me:

Allen Tobin has been a Special Olympics athlete in Special Olympics Missouri for 23 years and recently received the Special Olympics Outstanding Athlete of the Year award. He currently competes in up to nine different sports: softball, basketball, bocce, floor hockey, flag football, bowling, track and field, volleyball and likes to cycle. He also tries to walk at least eight to nine miles each day. Allen hopes he can help more of his fellow athletes to be healthier and live healthier lifestyles. Allen is an athlete health leader, recently traveling to Special Olympics, Inc. to be trained as an inclusive health leader and he also has advocated for health during Capitol Hill Day.