Special Olympics Meet at Capital Gymnastics


May 1st, 2019 

In just a couple of weeks dozens of Special Olympics athletes will be competing in their annual meet here at Capital Gymnastics National Training Center. On Sunday May 19th, families, friends, and the community is welcomed to take part of this very special competition and cheer them on.

Jay Hoffmeier has been the Special Olympics Area 26 Volunteer Director for over 30 years and his journey started with his Down Syndrome daughter who still competes. The athletes range from age 5 to 40 years old and all athletes will receive an award for participation since this event is to recognize their achievements in the sport. “It takes a lot of patience, determination and love for the athletes to go and have fun with them” Hoffmeier said as he mentioned the role of his volunteer staff. Every year Jay Hoffmeier invites gymnasts from Capital Gymnastics to help with the meet and some of them have stayed working throughout the year with Special Olympics. This year, we have one of Recreational Gymnastics Coach, Kyland LaGrua who become one of their Special Olympics coaches.

We are only a couple of weeks away from this meet and the Entertainment reporter for WJLA Good Morning Washington, Kidd O’Shea interviewed Jay Hoffmeier and some of his athletes. 



If you would like to see the second segment of the Good Morning Washington Segment click here: https://bit.ly/2vzHHYC