STORY AIRED DURING 2022 USA GAMES ORLANDO BROADCAST
Earlier this month, Special Olympics Arizona athlete Amy Bockerstette traveled to Florida with more than 100 SOAZ athletes, partners and coaches to compete in the 2022 Special Olympics USA Games Orlando.
It wasn’t the first time Amy appeared on the national stage. In May 2021, Amy made history and became the first person with Down syndrome to compete in a national collegiate championship. But she is best known for getting up and down from a green side bunker to make par on the famed 16th hole during a practice round at the Waste Management Phoenix Open in 2019. Amy wowed the crowd and became a viral session in the process.
Over the last couple of years Amy has been playing on the Paradise Valley Community College golf team, and she also help to create the “I Got This” foundation.
Her story is one of inspiration that has been seen worldwide, and recently, ESPN told her story of inspiration during the USA Games broadcast.
This is just one of many inspiring stories from SOAZ athletes, and Special Olympics athletes from all over the world. Thank you ESPN for shining a light on Amy!
Oh, and the USA Games, a rousing success for Team Arizona, bringing home a total of 44 medals, 16 of which were gold. Amy did her part as well, bringing home silver in women’s individual golf. Way to go Team Arizona!