Special Olympics – Meet the Athletes May 22
Mustang had 43 athletes participate in this year’s summer Special Olympics, held in Stillwater last week
Athletes train for months and work hard to be part of the games. Although they are all very different, they share one very important trait, their teachers and parents say – they are dedicated and hard-working.
As part of an ongoing series, here are some of them:
Jon is 13 years old and is in seventh grade at Mustang North Middle School.
Jon was born with arthrogryposis and has had many surgeries. He lost his mom when he was 20 months old. He has been a member of the Miracle League and during the summer he swims with his favorite coach, Renee Boatman. He loves going to museums, taking summer classes at OCCC and loves to paint, write poems and write songs. He is very creative and enjoys playing Xbox with his friends, as well as Transformer and Avenger movies. Pizza is his favorite food.
Jon wanted to join Special Olympics since he was very young. He participates in track and field, shot put and softball throw, but bocce and bowling are his favorites. Over the past five years, Jon has accumulated 20 gold, 10 silver and five bronze medals he keeps on his “Wall of Fame.”
Jon lives with his grandparents, Donald and Shirley Renchen. His dad is Wesley Renchen. His brother, Zane, attends Canyon Ridge Intermediate School.
Kaci Marie Richardson
Kaci is 16 years old and is in 10th grade.
She loves pizza and tacos and began participating in Special Olympics when she was 8. She competes in bowling, basketball, softball throw and 50-meter run. She has received lots of ribbons and medals but her biggest joy is just participating, her mom, Margaret said.
Kaci’s siblings are Tara, Amiee, Angiee, Brian and Suzie. She has 12 nieces and nephews who are also a big part of her life.
More athletes will be profiled in the May 29 issue of the Mustang News. Check our website, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram often for on-the-scene updates of Thursday’s Special Olympics action.