Volunteer Spotlight: Al Garzon

Every month we’ll spotlight a new Special Olympics Pennsylvania volunteer who has made an awesome impact on our community.

This month, we are proud to feature a man with many titles — Montgomery County Roller Skating Sports Director, Floor Hockey Official and Unified Partner, Al Garzon.

“Volunteering with Special Olympics is a reward. Every day our athletes face difficult challenges. If I can make things easier with just a smile, it is well worth it to me.”

– Al Garzon, Montgomery County

Al has been a longtime member of the Special Olympics movement. In 1987, the rink where he worked, skated, and met his wife started a Special Olympics Roller Skating program. Over the years, Al became a floor hockey official and a Unified partner in softball. Additionally, Al volunteers with basketball and soccer and has applied to be an official in three different World Games. It’s his lifetime goal to be selected.

Al also spends his time training and mentoring roller skating coaches and provides support to various floor hockey competitions throughout the state. Currently, three generations of Garzons volunteer at Fall Festival’s roller skating competition every year.

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The mission of Special Olympics Pennsylvania is to provide year-round sports training and competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy, and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills, and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes, and the community.

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