Basketball, Bocce, Bowling
Neil Hiltz is a very tall individual. He stands at a whopping 6 feet 8 inches, but do not let that figure intimidate you. Neil is a super kind and friendly person. He enjoys volunteering at the New Hampshire Food Bank where he is does a variety of jobs. He believes it is important to be “very helpful to others in need, by being kind.”
Neil is a proud member of Team Uncanoonuc and started participating in Special Olympics New Hampshire (SONH) when he was in the ninth grade and he has not looked back. Today, Neil enjoys participating in basketball, bocce, and bowling. Throughout his time with Special Olympics he was won a variety of gold, silver, and bronze medals. When asked about why he has continued to participate in Special Olympics he responded with, “My friends encourage me to do great things and the coaches involved here support me.” With this encouragement from his friends, support from his coaches, and participation in Special Olympics Neil believes that he has been able to overcome his anxiety and push himself out his comfort zone to reach his goals as an athlete. He has had some challenges dealing with his anxiety in the past, but he feels he has a more positive outlook and has become more flexible in dealing with his anxiety.
Neil’s favorite things about SONH, is “having fun, being silly with friends, getting lots of exercise, and it gives him something to look forward too.” Neil is a quite an active individual. He believes that the Special Olympics really motivates and helps him, “to stay in shape and be physically fit.”He also enjoys doing other activities outside of SONH, like taekwondo, hiking, kayaking, swimming, and many more fun activities. He has enjoyed all the opportunities Special Olympics has given him and he is looking forward to many more in the future.