Volunteer Spotlight: The Raynes Family

This month’s Volunteer Spotlights brings us to Bedford County and to the story of the Raynes Family. Jenn Leibfreid and Jeff Raynes are the Long Distance Running/Walking coaches in Bedford. Their 12-year-old daughter, Charlotte, began promoting Special Olympics and inclusion at her school and their 7-year-old son Will wants to be a Unified partner for LDR/W.

“We get back more than we could ever give. We thought we would try this out and now we can’t imagine life without it.”

Jenn Leibfreid, Bedford County

Throughout the course of their seasons coaching in Bedford, they began coaching Tyler, who is an LDR/W athlete. During their time together, Jenn and Jeff noticed that Tyler was having difficulty at home and reported it to Adult Protective Services. He was going to be sent to a homeless shelter outside of the county, but instead the Raynes family made the decision to take Tyler into their home and they now have full custody.

Recently, Tyler celebrated his 27th birthday with his new family and when they asked him how that party compared to other birthday parties he had, Tyler told them that was the first birthday party that’s ever been thrown for him.

Together Tyler and the Raynes family are working hard toward finding a permanent solution that works best for Tyler, but in the meantime, he’s enjoying life with the Raynes’ and competing in Special Olympics.

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Special Olympics Pennsylvania

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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