SPECIAL OLYMPICS WORLD SUMMER GAMES

Hello November! How did you get here so fast?! November is the month of Thanksgiving and that usually means more giving back and philanthropy going on. In honor of that, I will be sharing different nonprofit experiences I've had since moving to San Francisco. I'll be kicking it off with one of the most meaningful experiences I've had, working at the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games.

In high school and college I worked with people who had disabilities. When I came to San Francisco, I met a really special family with two girls, one of which has Down syndrome. I had spent a few months in San Francisco trying to adjust to my new home and life, and being around this family made me realize how much I missed being a part of that community.

Since I'm originally from Southern California, I had the luxury of looking into nonprofits all over California and I really got lucky. The 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games was happening in just a few months. I emailed them directly to see if there was any way I could be apart of the team, and I was so thankful when I was told I could be on the social media team.

I spent my time card running, organizing with my photographers and editors and occasionally shooting when needed. I was being proactive with my job and making connections with my photographers that I was able to go on the field and photograph an awards ceremony where Tommy Lasorda was handing out medals. I witnessed a beautiful display of sportsmanship that I later changed into a blog post for the Special Olympics, and I was one of the top Instagrams to follow regarding the games. It was truly one of the greatest things I've ever done, and I'm excited to share bits and pieces of it with you today! If you've volunteered with the Special Olympics, I'd love to hear all about your experience so please reach out!

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