Special Olympics Pennsylvania #50for50: Jean Zumstein

#50for50: Volume 52
▪️ Jean Zumstein
▪️ 57 years old
▪️ McKean County

Jean is on the left.

“I like to do bowling and stuff like that for Special Olympics. I remember doing roller skating and stuff like that right here in McKean County. At the old Roller Dome, we would do roller skating. I used to do the figure eight on a pair of roller skates. Special Olympics is good exercise. I go outside to exercise a lot. Around here it’s pretty rural. We have walking paths and we get to be outside a lot. It’s a small community, so we’ve got good people all around us. … Bowling is my number one sport because I like to bowl and stuff like that. I like the bowling alley. The sounds. Over 100 is my top score. I’ve done softball throw and track and field for a while. I like that, too. It’s nice to do ’em. … Everything is shut down right now for the COVID. I usually work at Futures [Rehabilitation Center] when it’s not shut down. I miss it. I miss working, miss making money. … After mom died, I didn’t do Special Olympics for a year or two, but when I came to the group home I started back up again. I miss my mom and stuff. She passed away about four years ago. We were very tight. She watched me at everything. We were together all the time. She came to everything. She was a proud mom. My mom would always be watching me from the stands. She was 81. … I always try to be nice to people and stuff like that. I’m very helpful. I like to go shopping and watch TV. I really like watching game shows like Wheel of Fortune, Jeopardy and Price is Right. … I liked sports growing up. [Being in Special Olympics] has brought out my competitive side. Pat Ryan, he’s my favorite. He’s a super guy. He’s a nice person. He’s kind. He coaches me in bowling and stuff like that. And if skiing comes around, I’ll try it out. But I don’t want to run into no tree. The sports are hard sometimes. I do pretty good, though.”

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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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