Coach Andy’s favorite part about working with the Special Olympics has been the connection with the athletes. He describes the experience as totally different from coaching other sports. Coach Andy notes, “I feel a special connection when training Special Olympics athletes. Seeing them overcome their limitations is an amazing experience. It’s not just training, but also being a role model for them in all aspects of their life.”
Athletes who have been coached by Andy describe it as “an amazing experience.” Special Olympics gold medalist Mark Pfeiffer says of Coach Andy, “He always brings the sense of family to the workout and we just have a blast.”
While some coaches get burned out, Andy says what keeps him going is the knowledge that the special needs population is one of the most of overlooked communities. He knows that he can positively impact those lives.
Andy says, “I feel the impact when I help not only an athlete but help a family to see what is possible. For many of them, they lost hope of their child living a normal life, but when they see the progress and results of hard work – they are amazed, and it’s a great feeling.”