Special Olympics Athlete Supports Future Generations
Kristine Hughes has worn a lot of hats in her lifetime-firefighter, Navy sailor, athlete, student, coach, and now, a member of our planned giving recognition group, The Champion's Society.
Growing up, Kristine loved outdoor sports like tennis and softball, but she knew she was different. "All while I was growing up I knew I had a disability and I got really tired of people telling me I couldn't do things."
She was first introduced to Special Olympics when a friend invited her to a basketball game. There she was able to meet other athletes with disabilities, and after that, she was hooked.
"Special Olympics has made a huge difference in my life" says Kristine, "I have competed both regionally and nationally. It has given me confidence, especially when I speak to others. It even gave me the confidence to become a coach-something I never thought I would do!"
Recently Kristine chose to include Special Olympics as a beneficiary of her life insurance plan. She said, "It was so easy, and cost me nothing! I just told them [the administrator] that I wanted to do a specific amount for my Godparents, Special Olympics and another charity. They said 'Okay' and it was done."
When asked what lessons she would like to pass on to future athletes, Kristine answered, "Look at all the things I've done. I want to encourage athletes to go for their goals. I want people to say, 'She went for her goals and achieved them'."
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