I spent last Saturday up in Davis photographing for the Special Olympics of Northern California. This is the second year I’ve shot the summer games – the whole experience is so rewarding – if you have never been involved with the Special Olympics, you owe it to yourself to check them out. I owe my involvement to a guy named Michael Pritchard, a speaker who travels to schools around the country teaching kids about values and service learning.
I’ve been bringing my kids to the Summer Games and this year my son even donned a camera and photographed the races. It’s amazing how positive the athletes are – no matter how they do in their events. I congratulated one man as he got out of the pool and he rushed over still dripping to give me a big wet hug. So often I’ll ask one of the athletes if I can photograph them and they will immediately turn to the person next to them and have them be in the picture with them.