Meet Jamie Staton's Virtual Running Team: Mile 11

Brenden Curry & Melanie Fischofer
Name: Brenden Curry
Age: 17
Hometown: Nottingham
Local Program: Team Barrington
Sports: Athletics, Basketball, Snowboarding, Soccer, Softball & Volleyball

Brenden Curry loves everything about sports. He loves the game of basketball. Why? Because Steph Curry plays basketball and they share the same last name. Brenden got started with Special Olympics at the State Summer Games in 2012 when he was just 11 years old. At those games he won two gold medals and he was “super excited” when they were put around his neck. He now owns a ton of them and they are all hanging on his bedroom walls.
 
When asked why he continues to participate in Special Olympics his mother answered that, “it gives him a lot of confidence.” Brenden has thoroughly enjoyed being a part of Special Olympics and it has really helped him grow as person. He feels very proud of all of the success that he has achieved over the years, especially when he is in the newspaper. His mother even said that she has noticed a personality change since joining Special Olympics. He has been able to branch out more and meet new people at school and from this he has developed a lot more friendships.
 
Brenden will be attending the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games in Seattle as a part of the basketball team. This will be his first time going to a USA Games and he is very happy was chosen. He is looking forward to “getting better at basketball, playing with a new team, and maybe win a gold medal.” Brenden cannot wait to be at the Games and play against people from all over the country.
Name: Melanie Fischofer
Age: 24
Hometown: Amherst
Local Program: PLUS Pride
Sports: Athletics & Snowshoeing

Melanie Fischorfer really enjoys running. When asked why she likes running so much, she responded with, “I like to feeling of the wind on my face.” Since her favorite thing to do is to run, naturally, her favorite sport that she participates in is athletics. In athletics, she competes in the 100M, 200M, 400M, and the relay.

Since joining Special Olympics, Melanie has really enjoyed meting a lot of new people and making a bunch of new friends. She is really looking forward to starting athletics practices and competing at the Summer Games in May.