Conval High School
Basketball, Soccer & Tennis
Andres Tourgee is originally from Juarez, Mexico where he had to overcome a lot of challenges in order to stay alive. He was living on the streets, in poverty, and had lived in two orphanages before he was officially adopted by the Tourgee family. Andres was 11 when he first stepped foot into New Hampshire and started his new life outside of Mexico. In the beginning, Andres struggled to adapt in New Hampshire as he could not speak English and had a hard time communicating with his classmates. Andres recalled being, “…sad because he wanted to talk to the other kids, but didn’t know how to.” So he used sports as an outlet and way to make friends in school. His mother explained that, “At first it was the language barrier, but you can just get out on a soccer field and kick a ball and everyone speaks soccer.” Sports were great for Andres as he used them to become more comfortable in the United States.
Andres is going to be representing Team New Hampshire at the 2018 USA Games in Seattle, Washington as a part of the basketball team. When asked about how he felt when he was selected he responded with, “I felt great. I felt really happy and excited that I am going to be able to go to Seattle.” Andres is actually still quite new to Special Olympics. One of his teachers told him about Special Olympics this year and he tried out for Team New Hampshire and he made the cut. In addition to basketball, Andres plays unified soccer at Conval High School, but soccer is his favorite sport to play because it is in his background as he grew up playing it in Mexico.
In his short time with Special Olympics, Andres’ favorite thing about Special Olympics is meeting new people and making new friends. He has thoroughly enjoyed being a part of Team New Hampshire and is looking forward to future Special Olympics events.