A Special Thanks to the Special Olympics

This week’s summer showcase post is from Erin Palmer, a writer and editor for Bisk Education.  Erin writes about topics such as online MPA programs. Students that earn their MPA degree can make a huge difference in the world through public service and nonprofit work. Erin can be reached on Twitter @Erin_E_Palmer.  Welcome, Erin!

My siblings mean everything to me. As one of seven kids, my siblings and I have a bond that goes far beyond simply coming from the same gene pool. We are each other’s support systems, guidance counselors and biggest cheerleaders.

My sister Kaitlin (on the left) and her friend Shelby

My youngest sister Kaitlin is the most joyful person I know. She has the unique ability to make me smile even in my darkest mood. She loves to draw, is a talented dancer and can make almost anyone laugh. She also happens to have Down syndrome.

When Kaitlin’s P.E. teacher encouraged her to participate in the Special Olympics, I thought it would be a fun way for her to spend the afternoon. I looked forward to cheering her on from the crowd. I had no idea how amazing the experience would be, not only for my sister, but for me as well. Continue reading