Special Olympics coach talks about the missing Haitian delegation

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The search for six members of the Haitian delegation to the Special Olympics USA 2022 Games is still ongoing. This year was the first time the United States had invited Caribbean athletes to join the games, which is why the Haitian delegation was involved.


What do you want to know

  • Six members of the Haitian delegation to the 2022 Special Olympics USA Games were reported missing this week
  • Although they have not yet been located, officials say they are still investigating their disappearance as a missing person case.
  • Will Fonseca, whose brother Frankie Arroyo competes in the Special Olympics, says he believes Haiti’s missing members were a unified team

According to the Special Olympics website, in order to participate in Special Olympics, you must be identified by an agency or professional as having special needs. But this does not prevent athletes without intellectual disabilities from participating.

Will Fonseca and his brother Frankie Arroyo have an inseparable bond.

“We get along, we play games with each other,” Arroyo said. “We have fun and I love my brother.”

Arroyo has autism, but he’s not letting his learning disabilities stop him.

Participating in the Special Olympics Florida in Osceola County with her brother strengthens their relationship.

“You grow as family, you grow as friends,” Fonseca said. “I just feel like it changed our lives and we’ve been involved with Special Olympics ever since.”

Fonseca believes that the missing members of the Haiti delegation were made up of a unified team.

Fonseca is not only a coach, but he also participates in unified teams where top athletes play with those with special needs.

“It’s all about the word inclusion,” he said. “We want people to feel together – you’ll see a lot of bonding that would never have been created by a unified team.”

As they look at old photos and journals of their experience at the Special Olympics in 1999, Fonseca said he just hopes the missing team is okay.

“I know the Special Olympics organization is doing a lot and I know they are trying hard,” he said. “And I can speak for everyone involved, on a voluntary basis and within the Special Olympics organization, that we just hope they are safe. Most importantly, that they are safe. security.

Officials with the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office said they are still working on the disappearance as a missing person case and do not suspect foul play was involved.

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