This month, throughout the state, county boards of Developmental Disabilities are raising public awareness about the many abilities people have, regardless of their disabilities, – abilities such as being a dedicated team player, a hard worker and good friend.
Take, for instance, a talented young lady named Bonnie, who has been part of the Ottawa County Board of Developmental Disabilities Special Olympics basketball team since the team’s inception two years ago.
Bonnie doesn’t take her role on the basketball team lightly – she is dedicated and shows up to practice every Tuesday. Before Ottawa County Rockets team was formed, she played basketball a little, but being on the team has helped her build her basketball skills – she is now known to be a three-point shooter.
The benefits of playing on a team don’t stop there for her. Besides having a great time, Bonnie has learned how to work together with teammates, has made many friends and now enjoys increased confidence.
She encourages those considering joining the team to “Do it!”
When Bonnie is not playing basketball, she can be found working in the kitchen at Riverview Industries, Inc., performing such duties as washing dishes, wiping down tables and stacking chairs. In her free time, she enjoys hanging out with friends; going shopping, out to dinner, to the movies, to hockey games and to the races. She added that she also enjoys spending time with her family and her boyfriend.
“Just as every team member has strengths to offer the team, every person in a community has abilities to share,” said Dawn Segaard, office manager at the Ottawa County Board of DD.