Special Olympics Pennsylvania #50for50: Sheena Lee Black

#50for50: Volume 28
▪️ Sheena Lee Blac
▪️ 36 years old
▪️ Armstrong/Indiana

“My mom came out the other day to help me do my 50-meter run time and video for Virtual Summer Games, so we’re pretty well caught up on that. I like doing the videos for Virtual Summer Games. I think it’s better to be safe by doing them at home. It’s better to do it that way, then once we get back to Penn State we can be back to being together. I’m hoping that by next year we’ll be able to get back to Penn State and I know that Penn State misses us so much right now. All the football players and everything. … I’ve been in Special Olympics from 1992 all the way up to this year. I will not stop competing in Special Olympics. I’ve been doing it since I was a little girl. Bowling, track & field, snowshoeing. I like it so much that I am a Special Olympics athlete PR representative for Armstrong/Indiana. I remember, I think it was last year at Penn State at the Opening Ceremonies, they had all athletes who had been in it for so long to please stand up. I thought, ‘What do you want me up for?’ and my coaches said, ‘It’s because you have 28 years of Special Olympics, get up there!’ … I live with three other girls in a group home, Sue, Kim and me. My mom comes by to visit and I see her every once in a while. She lives in Apollo. She’ll come out every once in a while and give me stuff and everything like that. I like listening to country music, Garth Brooks, and I help my staff cook here at the house. I help them do things around the house. I help make salads and eggs and meatloaf and stuff like that. … I can’t wait until Special Olympics comes back. It’s boring without doing it. But we need some help in our Special Olympics. Last time, I made stuff. I sewed some stuff to make money and give to Special Olympics and everything. I made little key chains with ribbons and little beads and stuff like that. I love doing crafts. I’ve been working on perler beads. They’re these melting beads. I’m going to try my best to see if I can make like a little ribbon. … I’m very proud of doing the 400-meter run and all the events I did at Seven Springs and at Penn State. It’s fun to do the competitions. I love it to no end and I will stick with it for as long as I can. I will continue with my running. I want to get better at the 400 and then get to do the 800-meter run next year. If I ever had kids, some day down the road they’d understand what their mom has been going through and they will like that their mom did Special Olympics for 28 years, next year 29 years.”

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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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