Special Olympics Pennsylvania #50for50: Nick Kitzko

#50for50: Volume 38
▪️ Nick Kitzko
▪️ 25 years old
▪️ Lawrence County

“I live here in Lawrence County with my dad and brother. My brother is older than me. It’s nice here. I like it. I get to do a lot of different things and spend time with friends and family. A couple of years ago, I did basketball first with Special Olympics. I heard about it from someone I knew and I wanted to try it out. I thought it was just something to get me out of the house. But I enjoy it, it’s very fun. I enjoy hanging out with a lot of people. You meet different people and make new friendships that last a lifetime. I also do golf, volleyball and I tried bowling. I wouldn’t change it for the world. … Golf is my favorite. I’m better at it than most of the other sports. I practice a lot. When I was at Carnegie Mellon, I shot a 45 on the first day and then a 45 on the next day and that was one of my favorite moments. I think I was able to [shoot so low] because I did a lot of practicing and I was using a new Taylormade driver that my coach, Chuck Jones, gave me. It’s my favorite club. A lot of people have trouble with the driver, but I try not to. I love the freedom of being on the golf course. I just love the freedom out there. … School was a little bit tough, depending on the day. It was alright. People were either nice or they were mean. If they were mean, I just ignored it. I walked away. And I feel like I’m a bit stronger now, yep. I work at a janitorial place. I’ve been there for six years or so. The pay is good and I like it. I’m saving to fly to Austin, Texas for my birthday in December. I want to go there to visit my cousin. I’ve been there before, this would be my second time. It’s nice. There’s a lot more to do down in Texas and I like flying on an airplane. It’s fun. … I’ll help anybody if they need help. I’m just a kind person. I’m a very outgoing person. I’m blessed to have an amazing girlfriend, Kasey. We’ve been going out a couple years and I love her with all my heart. I just love meeting new people and making friends.”

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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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