Special Olympics Pennsylvania #50for50: Wayne Chisolm

Today, we’re honored to begin Special Olympics Pennsylvania: #50for50, a year-long series featuring the people of Special Olympics Pennsylvania. We hope you enjoy this journey as much as we enjoy talking to those who make our organization what it is…

#50for50: Volume 1
▪️ Wayne Chisolm
▪️ 48 years old
▪️ Area M

“In track & field my favorite event is the 1500m. I love the feeling of hanging behind and then catching people right at the end. It feels good, but sometimes I get tired. … I like to wear crazy wigs and hats all the time. Just to stand out. I like getting attention from everybody, but sometimes the coach tells me not to wear them. … I grew up in Harrisburg and I’ve lived there my whole life. I’ve been a part of Special Olympics for 40 years and have gone to every Fall Fest and went to Nationals in 2014. They recognized me for being there 30 years. I was inducted into the [Special Olympics Pennsylvania] Hall of Fame in ’05, too, and that felt really good to be recognized. … I work at the Weis Market on Union Deposit Road in frozen foods. Stocking them and things like that. I’ve been doing that for 28 years. … Being in Special Olympics, it means I meet new people, see new faces. You get to challenge other people when you race and you get to be brave in the attempt. You compete, but you also encourage others to come out on top. … I’m proud to be a part of Special Olympics and represent Area M.”

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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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