Marty Sheets, born with Downs Syndrome in 1958, attended the first Special Olympics International Summer Games in Chicago at age 10. Although Marty grew ill and was unable to compete, Eunice Shriver created a special medal for his tenacity beginning a life-long friendship between the two. Marty continued to participate in Special Olympics, learning alpine skiing, power lifting, tennis and golf. His work ethic and dedication earned him over 250 medals through 45 years of participation. Through his infectious spirit and love of sport, Marty became a worldwide ambassador for Special Olympics until his passing in 2015 at age 62.