Alpine skiing, Athletics, Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country Skiing, Snowshoeing & Soccer
Dylan Coyne started in Special Olympics when he was just nine years old. “Even then,” his mom, Debra, recalls, “we knew he was fast. Dylan is a born runner.” He sure is! Dylan is one of two New Hampshire runners that qualified for the 2018 Special Olympics USA Summer Games in Seattle under the high performance category. Dylan can’t wait to represent New Hampshire on the national stage. When asked about being selected, Dylan said “it Is very important. I feel special that I was picked.”
In addition to being a fast, Dylan is very active in High School Unified Sports. High School Unified Sports is a collaboration between Special Olympics and the NHIAA that offers Unified Sports competition (where people with and without intellectual disabilities play together on a team as teammates) in soccer, basketball, volleyball and track & field. High School Unified Sports teams compete just as any other varsity level team does: practicing weekly, traveling to play games against other schools and culminating in a State Championship. Last year Dylan’s High School Unified Soccer team took home the State Championship!
Dylan’s high school has been very supportive of his Special Olympics journey. When Dylan was selected for Team New Hampshire, the school recognized him at an assembly. Debra got a little choked up recalling that day. “Dylan was called up to the stage – in front of the whole school,” she said “and it was announced that he had been selected. The whole school was cheering for him. I could just see how proud he was,” she pauses then to compose herself. “It was a very special moment for me and for Dylan.” Debra said.