Blog

Special Olympics Swimmers

I had a lot of fun attending a practice session with some local Special Olympics swimmers.  These men and women were stoked to pose for portraits - and some of them really hammed it up.  I look forward to working with them again! Some more background from their coach and my good friend, Carey Bertolet:

Michael is a really accomplished swimmer--he's Brooklyn's best competitor.  He went to the State Games this past year--he goes a lot actually as he has been active in the organization a long time.  Everybody in the organization knows Michael.  He competes in the 50 m free and 100 m freestyle and has tons of medals from the regional and state special olympics meets.  Michael and I race across the pool once during every practice and he's tough to beat!  He's also a really good bowler.

Oluu is sort of the baby of the group--he's still a teenager (he's 18 or 19) which makes him younger than the other regulars.  He keeps his mom super busy taking him to swim practice and the million other activities he's always involved in around town.  Oluu is probably one of my 'most improved' over the past 1 1/2 year.

Michael and Oluu both live at home.  The other guys you met--for the most part--live in group homes throughout Brooklyn.  Frantz and James are both musicians--they play in a band Melodic Soul.  Frantz is a total ladies man and James is hands down the hardest worker on the team.  They both compete in events at the Special Olympics Aquatics meets and both have won a bunch of medals.  It probably is worth noting that Frantz always knows the name of every girl that's in the room.

Jill lives by herself and works 5 days a week for the Board of Ed.

Michael

Oluu

James

Frantz

 

Jill

Greg

Bobby

Steven

Floyd