Monadnock Valley Patriots
Basketball, bowling & snowshoe
Kyle Guillemette got involved in Special Olympics at the age of eight after hearing about it through a teacher at his elementary school. Growing up, it was difficult for Kyle to make friends but Special Olympics gave him socialization skills, determination and taught him that it is not all about winning but trying your best and finishing the race.
One year at the State Winter Games competing, Kyle was competing in a snowshoe race and his right shoe fell off. Not wanting to give up, Kyle pushed his toe into the snowshoe and dragged it all the way to the finish line. Even though all the other athletes had already completed the race, he finished with a smile on his face. It was a proud moment for him because he did what he was taught and never gave up even though he could have.
Kyle has won many gold, silver and bronze medals and has them displayed on a rack in his room. His dream is to participate in the World Games one day alongside his cousin, who is also a Special Olympics athlete in Canada.
When Kyle is not competing, he enjoys watching movies, playing board games, playing cards and going to Disney World.