Lindsay Kautianen is 33 years old and has been in Special Olympics since she was 13 years old. She’s competed in bowling, soccer, floor hockey and is part of the all-women’s Diva Sharks basketball team.
Lindsay likes being in Special Olympics because “we have a good time and I am with my friends.”
Lindsay has been on the Divas for nine years. “Scott Norton is our coach and he does a good job,” said Lindsay.
In 2012, Lindsay was bicyclist Aaron Hasson’s inspiration to raise funds for Special Olympics. He cycled 4,600 miles in support of people with disabilities in a cross-country summer-long commitment with Push America, a nonprofit still run exclusively by the fraternity with the purpose of “instilling lifelong service in our fraternity members and serving people with disabilities,” according to its website.
During the week Lindsay works at a local SCV grocery store.
Patty Murdock is 35 years old has been in Special Olympics (SO) since she was 13. So far, she’s competed in soccer, softball and basketball. She is a guard on the all-women’s basketball team the Diva Sharks.
Patty likes SO because, “I get to meet other athletes from other teams.”
Patty’s mother, Deirdra Beller, encouraged her to be an athlete. “She has been my support my whole life, and if it hadn’t been for, her I wouldn’t be in sports. Thank you, mom.”
Patty is so dedicated to SCV SO that she commutes from the San Fernando Valley so she can practice with the Divas every week.
During the week, Patty works as a caregiver.
About the Special Olympics
According to sosc.org, “Special Olympics Santa Clarita & Tri-Valley Regions enrich the lives of 1,400 athletes with intellectual disabilities and their communities through sports, education, and athlete health.
“Special Olympics is the world’s largest sports organization for people with intellectual disabilities: with 4.4 million athletes in 170 countries – and millions more volunteers and supporters. Special Olympics is also a global and social movement.
“Through the power of sports, people with intellectual disabilities discover new strengths and abilities, skills, and success. Our athletes find joy, confidence and fulfillment –on the playing field and in life. They also inspire people in their communities and elsewhere to open their hearts to a wider world of human talents and potential.”
For more information about Santa Clarita Special Olympics, visit https://www.sosc.org/sctv.