A tournament of their own

Player profiles

Brady Tanner

Upon being introduced to powerlifting competition, Brady Tanner found a natural fit for his talents.

Special Olympian excels at powerlifting

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.

Who are the Douglas County Special Olympics Jayhawks?

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 Williams

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.

Special Olympics Inspirational Athlete fueled by love of KU athletics

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.


my2girls 8 years, 1 month ago

Thank you Shaun and Kevin! These are great articles and videos!

dguenther 8 years, 1 month ago

Congratulations Douglas County Special Olympics - Jayhawks!!! I know that you all had a great time and brought home a lot of medals. Thanks to LJWorld for their coverage of this special group of athletes. The volunteers and the directors are great and everyone does a wonderful job. Keep up the good work!!

Lesa Weller 6 years, 10 months ago

Shaun and Kevin, Your work with special populations continues to grow and unfold. Wonderful story. Great enthusiasm and deep appreciation of people show in and through your art! Many of us, a lot of us in the community truly enjoy and cherish you both.

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