Special Olympics Pennsylvania #50for50: Eddie Glover

#50for50: Volume 13
▪️ Eddie Glover
▪️ 57 years old
▪️ Philadelphia County

“It was the Blizzard of 2016 and I went out in the snowstorm. I walked out on two feet of snow and I took the train to Frankford. I never made it there. I made it as far as 11th & Market and got hurt. I slipped and busted both of my knees on the seat. I destroyed both of my knees.They me took off the train and to Jefferson Hospital. The train was delayed. I couldn’t even walk. I couldn’t even get up on my own two feet. I had two surgeries done on my knees. I got this knee brace on them to keep them from buckling now. … I’ve been in the Special Olympics program for 36 years. I’ve been living in Philadelphia all my life. I went to E.S. Miller school and I graduated in 1983 with a high school diploma. When I graduated, I started doing Special Olympics full time. I didn’t have time for Special Olympics when I was in high school because education comes first. … Downhill skiing was the first sport I ever did. Up in Monroe County, Pennsylvania. It was not hard. I do soccer, volleyball and basketball. And I do track & field and softball. I used to do rowing. … Back in 1987 I went away to the Special Olympics World Games in South Bend, Indiana at the University of Notre Dame. I did track & field, like running long jump. I got third place. And in shot put I got sixth place. My second World Games was in 2001 in Anchorage, Alaska for floor hockey and the whole team brought home the gold. Back in 2010, in Lincoln, Nebraska at the National Games for track & field I brought home four gold medals and one participant ribbon.”

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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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