Berks County athlete featured in local magazine

Special Olympics Pennsylvania, Berks County athlete Katie Miller was recently one of three subjects featured in a piece by Sue Wilson of Berks County Living. The feature profiles three individuals living with disabilities and thriving in their respective communities.

From the piece:

While most people who know her would not have expected to see her speaking before large and small groups, Katie L. Miller, 41, says being a part of the Special Olympics changed her.  

“I was always quiet and shy through my school years,” Katie, who has Mosaic Down’s Syndrome, explains. “I have always enjoyed competition, though, and Special Olympics has given me an opportunity to bring out my competitive nature and to make many friends I never would have met.”

Volleyball was the first sport to draw Katie, of North Heidelberg Township, to the Special Olympics of Berks County in August 2008.

“I was looking for more social interaction and to compete in a sports situation.”

From there, Katie began competing in other sports. Then in 2014, she started doing work as a Global Messenger for the Special Olympics. Her formal training for becoming the official Global Messenger and Athlete Representative began in 2015.

To read the full article, follow this link.

Photography by Susan L. Angstadt Photography

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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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