#ImAGameChanger - Aimee Libby

BY: USA GAMES CORRESPONDENT, tynan gable

They say that “the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.” Aimee Libby, this week’s nominee for the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games #ImAGameChanger campaign, is a first-hand account of this phenomenon. For the readers who can recall last week’s story about Carson Libby, it is now obvious that he got his heart of gold from his mother, Aimee.

“Aimee is, in short, a rock star, and the more recognition I can get her, the better,” said Pete Anderson.

Pete is the father of Jacob Anderson, an Unified flag football athlete in the Albertville, Minnesota Special Olympics delegation. He has the privilege of watching his son experience tremendous growth through his Unified experiences and is certain this would not have been possible without Aimee.

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#ImAGameChanger - Carson Libby

by: usa games correspondent, tynan gable

Game Changers truly do come in all shapes and sizes. This week’s nominee for the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games #ImAGameChanger campaign is just 12 years old, but he is wise well beyond his years. Dr. Seuss had it right: “A Game Changer is a Game Changer, no matter how small.”

Carson Libby is from the town of Albertville, Minnesota, where he attends school at St. Michael-Albertville Middle School West. He lives with his parents, Aimee and Chad, and his older sister, Peyton.

Peyton endured an injury at birth that caused disabilities which inhibit her fine and gross motor skills as well as her verbal and written communication abilities. It’s clear that Carson takes on a big brother role at times, making sure Peyton knows that home is a safe place where she should always feel welcome and included.

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#ImAGameChanger - Orono Unified Mentors

By: usa games correspondent, tynan gable

The opportunity to “change the game” is quite a powerful thing. While it comes naturally for some to do so, anyone can make a life-changing impact in their community and, more specifically, in the lives of people with intellectual disabilities.

The students of the Orono School District in Minnesota are encouraged to practice acts of kindness that promote equality and inclusion. These lessons cultivate a community full of people with game-changing attitudes.

Extra worthy of noting is the district’s recent creation of their Unified Mentors program. High school students elect to utilize their free or study hall periods to visit their “mentees” at the elementary and middle schools; fortunately for them, the Orono School District is all conveniently located on one street.

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#ImAGameChanger - Antrone Williams

By: USA Games Correspondent, Tynan Gable

The #ImAGameChanger campaign of the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games recognizes people from all walks of life who make an impact in the lives of those with intellectual disabilities. Despite these heroes’ diversity, each of the nominees demonstrates astounding strength, courage, and will power. These traits are put to good use by Game Changers, who exude an unwavering kindness and promote inclusion and friendship in their communities.

This week’s nominee is no different; Antrone (“Coach Juice”) Williams is a stroke survivor with an inspiring story and the desire to change peoples’ lives for the better. Almost ten years ago, Antrone suffered a stroke that nearly ended his life. After waking from ten days in a coma, he spent the next two months in the hospital.

He was enrolled in an experimental drug therapy treatment that was predicted to give him a 50% chance of survival and promised nothing regarding his future quality of life. In addition, he had to relearn how to walk, talk, and do many activities that most of us take for granted.

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