Meet Anthony Cahoon of Team USA soccer and Special Olympics Illinois. We helped sponsor his trip from southern Illinois to southern California - we’re proud to call him our athlete, our inspiration, our friend! Best of luck to all athletes at Special Olympics World Games Los Angeles 2015!
ANTHONY: I’m running to take this to the World Games to play soccer for the 2015 World Games. I love playing with my team. I had a lot of problems when I was younger. I have a lot of medical and when I started playing. I love soccer. There’s something about it made me thrilled that’s when I started playing nothing else really mattered.RICH: When he’s on the field he brings everybody up. They play harder, they’re smarter. He’ll give you everything.ANTHONY: I never thought a long time that I’d be doing this. I didn’t think I’d be sitting in front of you all. The doctor said in about two weeks this boy ain’t gonna live but I fought that and kept going. I ended up playing soccer the next year.DAVID: Every day the athletes get up and they have obstacles and I think that that’s the biggest thing for me they overcome them with a great attitude.RICH: I’ve seen what he’s gone through and what he’s been able to accomplish and now he’s at a plateau on the pivitol of the mountain so he’s going to keep going up so I’m going to be right behind him.LAURA: In past years you know we have sponsored the Special Olympics and that has always been a thrill but to actually be able to sponsor a specific athlete, which is Anthony, to go to the World Games and to know that Blue Cross is a part of making this dream come true is really special to employees.DAVID: With Anthony you can really see it is his attitude. He’s respectful, sportsmanship, courage he embodies everything that Special Olympics is all about and to give him a chance of a lifetime opportunity.ANTHONY: I’m truly blessed for sure. There is no way I’d be able to go without Blue Crosses’ help. I’m very privileged for that.RICH: You guys doing this it opens up more doors.ANTHONY: If anything, challenge somebody else to work harder to do something like this too.
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