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Letter: Jameis Winston inspires inclusion with local Special Olympics’ athletes

Via Tallahassee Democrat

What started as a simple interaction between Tampa Bay Buccaneers star quarterback Jameis Winston and Special Olympics Florida athlete Jacob Sare turned into a moment of a lifetime for several dozen Special Olympics athletes.

Jameis’ genuine interest in Jacob’s passion for leadership and sports inspired him to extend a personal invitation to Special Olympics Florida athletes to attend the Jameis Winston Youth Football ProCamp. On May 20 and 21, our athletes ran skills and learned new drills side by side with their typical peers.

Special Olympics Florida athlete Anna Shoop said, “Jameis was super awesome. I was the only girl on my team, and he told me I can throw.” This event brought individuals of all abilities together in the spirit of inclusion to show we are more alike than different.

Jameis’ offer to include our athletes in his camp has had a positive impact on the lives of people with intellectual disabilities, and reflects the work of a true champion.

Sherry Wheelock, Special Olympics Florida



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