Kerri Outten

Kerri started with Special Olympics when she was 8 years old. Now at 36, she is accomplished in swimming and stand up paddle. She continues to swim each day after work with the local swim club ATAC or with her Special Olympics local program. Her favorite stroke is the butterfly and she excels in the […]

Monty Castevens

Monty Castevens can explain his many roles with Special Olympics pretty succinctly: “You name it, I’ve done it!” Special Olympics Chairman Tim Shriver commonly referred to Castevens as a ‘pioneer’. He’s been a volunteer, a staff member, and ultimately Special Olympics Florida’s President and CEO. He began in North Carolina, moved on to Special Olympics […]

Emily Brazeal

Emily was the Pinellas County Coordinator from 1970 until her retirement in 2000. The Education for All Handicapped Children Act 94-142 was enacted by the United States Congress in 1975. This act required all public schools accepting federal funds to provide equal access to education and one free meal a day for children with physical […]

Sue Palmer

Sue Palmer’s experience with Special Olympics Florida began in Walmart parking lots, handing out fliers and sharing our mission with passersby. “And just like that,” she said, “I was hooked.” Soon enough, Palmer was attending our Summer Games. That first year, she remembers seeing a track and field athlete wearing a helmet for protection. Three […]

Marilyn Grigsby

In the early days of Special Olympics Florida, Marilyn Grigsby wasn’t afraid of a little provocative fundraising.   So, she traveled the state selling yellow buttons that read: “I’m a Florida S.O.B. Ask Me Why.” That’s “S.O.B.” as in “Special Olympics Booster.”   “We’d say, ‘I’m an S.O.B., and for $10 you can be one too,’” she says. […]

Carol Marker

I have Autism. My whole life I struggled with making friends and just communicating with others. My Dad signed me up for Special Olympics, and in my first year I got a gold medal at State Bowling. In my second year, I earned the silver medal at State Tennis. This gave me courage. Since then […]

Barbara Palmer

The Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD) congratulates Special Olympics Florida for 50 years of making a tremendous difference in the lives of individuals with disabilities. The phenomenal concept that Eunice Kennedy Shriver had of encouraging and including people to compete at whatever level they could has changed people for the better. I am proud […]