Celebrating Special Olympics USA
Bank of America has partnered with Special Olympics for over 40 years to support athlete leadership and empowerment, as well as economic advancement
As part of this ongoing partnership, Bank of America is the premier sponsor of the Special Olympics USA delegation, which will compete in the Special Olympics World Games Berlin 2023. The delegation of nearly 100 athletes and 34 Unified partners from across the United States will compete alongside more than 7,000 athletes from around the world at the Games.
Get to know athlete Amanda and Unified partner Martha
Amanda has competed in Special Olympics for the past 20 years in athletics, basketball, bowling, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, soccer, softball and swimming. She will represent Special Olympics USA in golf at the Special Olympics World Games in Berlin with her Unified partner and friend Martha. The pair recently represented Special Olympics New York in golf at the 2022 Special Olympics USA Games in Orlando.
Overcoming her fear of public speaking, Amanda advocates for Special Olympics as a Global Messenger in her community and is employed as a daycare assistant at a local YMCA, where she likes to exercise. Amanda always strives to do her best and brings a big smile and joy to everyone she encounters.
Martha has been involved with Special Olympics for 40 years in many capacities, including coach, clinician, committee member and Unified partner. Although she has experience in many of the sports offered through Special Olympics New York, she is focused on Alpine skiing, golf and swimming. In 2022, Martha received one of the highest honors being named the Special Olympics North America Annette Lynch Lifetime Achievement Award recipient for her outstanding commitment to coaching Special Olympics athletes.
Martha is a retired special education teacher and works seasonally managing a golf course pro shop. Of the many roles she has served in with Special Olympics, she has admired every athlete she has had the privilege to meet for their determination, perseverance and understanding.