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 […]

Ken Magee

Ken Magee spent years championing the Special Olympics mission, but he says you only need a few moments with our athletes to become connected to the movement. “You just have to be around the athletes for a little while before their open-heartedness and optimism makes its way into your being,” Magee said. “They see the […]

Hope Jacobson

Retirement hasn’t been what Hope Jacobson expected. On the day she left Miami-Dade County schools – after a 35-year career – the longtime Special Olympics Florida volunteer found herself in charge of a 5k. It was suddenly hers to run and hers to manage. And that suited her just fine.  “I feel so lucky” that […]

Betty Marshall

Over her four decades with Special Olympics Florida, Betty Marshall served in virtually every capacity possible with the organization. She coached, volunteered, and helped raise money. She was a mentor, a friend, and a mother figure. In 2019, she became the first woman of color inducted into the Special Olympics Florida Hall of Fame. Though […]

Rebecca Richter

I’ve been a Special Olympics Florida athlete for over 30 years. I am an Athlete Leader, which means that I get to help other athletes. I will be going to the 2022 Special Olympics USA Games in June as an equestrian athlete. The best part of being involved in Special Olympics Florida is all the […]

Pat Hart

For Pat Hart, Special Olympics Florida is a family affair. It’s a relationship that began more than 40 years ago in Key West. Over four decades, Hart and her husband launched a bowling program for Key West athletes and she, her husband, and her daughter became coaches. Her daughter coached bocce, her son became an […]

Ann James

Ann James is a Special Olympics Florida original. The Okaloosa County resident has been participating for more years than the organization has existed. It’s possible she’s the very first gold-medal athlete in Florida and the athlete who has competed for the longest period of time. Most remarkable of all, she still competes today at age […]