NorthPointe Resources program participant Lauren Massong took home a gold and bronze medal from the Special Olympics 2018 USA Games in Seattle, Washington that took place in July. Qualifying in four separate events, Lauren took home gold in the 200 meter and bronze in the mini javelin throw, as well as a 4th place ribbon in the 100 meter.
Competing in Special Olympics since she was eight-years-old, Lauren has participated in every sport offered by the organization including track and field, bocce ball, basketball, golf, swimming, bowling and volleyball. As a result of always being in season with a sport, Lauren trains year-round.
Lauren was nominated to represent “Team Illinois” after earning gold medals in each event at both the regional and state level competitions, as well as completing a separate selection process that included a coach’s recommendation and questionnaire. While Lauren has qualified for the state games on numerous occasion, this was her first time competing at nationals.
“We were thrilled when she was selected,” said Lauren’s mother Lona, “we made the trip to Seattle our family vacation this year.”
Outside of competition Lauren had a wonderful week in Seattle with her Illinois teammates, attending a Seattle Mariners game, a dance for the athlete’s, as well as enjoying a Fourth of July BBQ.
Following the games in Seattle, Lauren was again honored as part of the “Global Day of Inclusion” for the Special Olympics 50 year anniversary celebration Saturday at Soldier Field in Chicago where Team Illinois introduced on stage.
Established in 1953, NorthPointe Resources is a premier provider of a full range of award-winning programs for people with disabilities and/or mental illness living in northern Illinois, supporting approximately 500 people annually. To learn more please visit www.northpointeresources.org.