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February 21, 2014 | North America: Michigan

Central Michigan University Student Making an Impact One Athlete at a Time

By Kalynne Defever

Volunteer Scott Thrun (Right) with Special Olympics Michigan athlete Seth Denison (Left)

Central Michigan University student Scott Thrun has been volunteering with Special Olympics Michigan since last year and hasn't stopped since. At last year's State Winter Games Scott met Seth Denison from Area 8 (Eaton and Ingham Counties) and they became instant friends. "We found out that we were from the same area so we immediately connected over that," said Scott. This year Seth saw him while they were eating lunch and ran up to Scott and gave him a huge hug like no time had passed. Scott volunteered at the sledding hill and Seth would come sled for hours with him. They would talk and race down the hill over and over again. "Interacting with the athletes and watching them interact with each other, can teach you so much about yourself and how to treat others and that is exactly what it did for me," said Scott. "This is something that you cannot learn anywhere else."

About Kalynne Defever: Kalynne Defever is a public relations intern with Special Olympics Michigan.

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