Yesterday, I had the opportunity to hear an amazing woman speak. It was Loretta Claiborne, a woman who overcame incredible odds to become one of the most famous and decorated Special Olympians and an advocate for others facing challenges.
If you haven’t heard about her story of growing up in the projects of York before being introduced to competitive athletics through the Special Olympics, you’re missing out. She’s a great example of a Pennsylvanian doing good.
Here’s a little bit of her story, put together for the 1996 Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the ESPYs:
She spoke yesterday to elementary students in Milton, and she was incredibly positive. For someone who overcame such incredible odds, she was neither downtrodden nor haughty about her life.
I was truly impressed with her. And now I’m looking for the movie – Netflix here I come!
She also brought a great message about not bullying to the students, which is an important message to tell, especially today in schools.
Here’s some bonus photos from her talk: