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| Sports | March 21, 2019

Matheson (Mat) Walker began competing in Special Olympics during his junior high school years. Over the past 13 years, he has participated in track, bowling, and his favorite sport, basketball.

For the past four years, Mat had been out of SO, as he participated in Independent Living Skills (ILS) programs. The first program was UCLA Extension’s Pathway, where he lived in an apartment and attended ILS classes. The Pathpoint Community Independent Living Program was another program where Mat lived in an apartment, attended classes at Pierce, and received ILS services.

Mat attended the Taft’s Transition to Independent Living for the past two years, staying in the dorms and then out in the community in a house, again receiving ILS services.

“While we were happy that Mat was exploring his options for the past four years, we are very excited to have him on our team again,” Basketball Coach Brad Bowers said. “It is really amazing to see the progress he has made in those years. He is a go-getter.”

 

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Micah Molacek, now 24, joined Special Olympics (SO) when he was 8 years old. He started out competing in swimming and now competes in basketball, bowling, floor hockey, and golf. Golf is his favorite sport and his father, Mike Molacek, coaches him.

“Micah is easy to coach and he loves to participate,” said Mike. Micah had a unified partner in golf and they won the gold medal.

Special Olympics Unified Sports, according to their website, “is an inclusive sports program that combines an approximately equal number of Special Olympics athletes (individuals with intellectual disabilities) and partners (individuals without intellectual disabilities) on teams for training and competition.”

Micah likes SO because he gets to meet new people and develop friendships. During the week, Micah belongs to a local day work program.

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