Team Barrington & Dover Dynamites
Athletics, basketball & soccer
Thomas Liseno is a Special Olympics New Hampshire athlete on Team Barrington and the Dover Dynamites, where he competes in basketball, athletics and soccer. At the age of 8, Thomas' parents believed that Special Olympics would help him gain skills that would allow him to achieve his dreams and be happy. Once Thomas started Special Olympics, he learned valuable life lessons like how to motivate himself to be better and how working hard is important to achieve your dreams. He has always enjoyed being around different athletes which helps motivate him to work hard towards winning gold medals.
In 2007, Thomas was selected to go to China for the World Summer Games where he competed in athletics. His favorite part was meeting the coaches and training with them to get ready for competition. He said, "All the coaches were super nice and so happy to see all of us." He was very proud to compete against athletes from across the world.
Special Olympics has brought joy and happiness to Thomas's life. The best part for him is meeting so many new friends and bringing all different kinds of people together to learn to accept one another. When asked about Special Olympics, Thomas said, "After years of hard work and trying my best, I now live in a townhouse and work two jobs, my dreams are finally coming true and I have to say thank you to Special Olympics for that."