Lee Dockins, the youngest of our featured athletes began gymnastics at age 5 in 1992. Practicing at least three times a week at her local gym in Russellville, Kentucky, she has competed in more than 150 Special Olympics competitions and has won countless medals. She is now a coach, teaching athletes of all abilities flexibility and training them on the different apparatus used in gymnastic competitions.
Shriver’s pronouncement in 1987 that "The days of separation and segregation are over,” are demonstrated through this diverse group of athletes finding their way through Special Olympics. The opportunity to participate, compete, socialize and grow through sport carries out of Shriver’s vision of inclusion for those with intellectual disabilities.