Stefanie Silvers began competing in Special Olympics (SO) when she attended Saugus High School. She competed in track, softball and basketball. She took a break from SO for two years while she attended the Taft College Transition to Independent Living program, but returned to SCV after she completed the program.
Stefanie is a point guard on the Diva Sharks basketball team.
“I love hanging out with my friends. We are family and we have a whole lot of fun,” said Stefanie.
During the week, Stefanie works at a local SCV grocery store.
Jean Garong, now 37, joined Special Olympics (SO) at the age of 17. She has competed in soccer and is currently part of the Diva Sharks basketball team.
In 2003, Jean earned an invitation to attend and compete in the Special Olympics World Games in Dublin, Ireland for basketball. There, she competed against athletes from all over the world, including Africa, Japan and Guatemala.
In 2011, Jean was awarded “Athlete of the Year” by Special Olympics SCV.
Jean loves SO because, “I get to meet a lot of people. I was very shy and SO has made me more confident. It helps people to become who they really are. I don’t know where I would be without sports.”