Upon being introduced to powerlifting competition, Brady Tanner found a natural fit for his talents.
Standing 5-foot-7 and about 250 pounds, Brady Tanner, 29, isn’t exactly graceful on the basketball court, as he lumbers across the gym and waves his Popeye-like forearms for a rebound.
The local all-volunteer organization began in the 1970s and was originally known as the Green Machine. After growing to the biggest Special Olympics team in Kansas in the 1980s, the organization became “essentially nonexistent” by the 1990s, said John Samuels, local program coordinator. Samuels and other volunteers restarted the team in 2004, beginning with only five athletes.
Todd "Leaper" Williams is not only focused on doing the best he can when competing, but he also works to help others realize their potential.
When Todd “Leaper” Williams received the Most Inspirational Athlete award at the State Special Olympics Basketball and Cheerleading Tournament last weekend in Hays, he had one thing on his mind: Jayhawk football.
- KU Athletics worker honored as most inspirational athlete March 21, 2010
- County’s Special Olympians earn medals at state tournament March 21, 2010