Bucky and Stephanie Simmons
Bucky and I love to volunteer with Special Olympics. We have our very own "Special Olympian". Our daughter, Ashton, participates in Special Olympics. We enjoy spending time with Ashton and the other athletes as they compete in the different events. It is amazing how all of the athletes cheer for each other even when they are in competition against each other. We can learn may lessons from these athletes. The smiles, high fives and "thank you"s are the most rewarding parts of our volunteer work. It is just FUN!!!
Ben and Debbie Moore
Debbie has lived in Stephens County all her life. She has been Married to Ben Moore for 9 years . She has been involved with Special Olympics for about a Year. She started out just going to the local bowling games and watching and cheering for her Niece Angel Simmons. Angel has been in the Special Olympics' bowling Program since she was in Elementary School. When Angel hit Middle School Debbie became more involved. She then started going to the State Games and Cheering Angel and the rest of the athletes. Since 2015 she has stepped up on doing all of the above, plus going through out Stephens County getting donations, door prizes and always willing to help do what is needed ." I just love kids and I Thank God for allowing me to be a part of the program."
Ben has lived in Stephens County for about 9 years. He has been married to Debbie Moore for 9 years. His wife's niece Angel Simmons has been part of Special Olympics since she was in Elementary school . He had always known about the Special Olympics program, but never got involved until 2015, when he was ask if he could help out at the Spring Games. Since then he has gotten more involved. He now goes around Stephens County telling others about the program and asking for help with Donations and Door Prizes. He is always willing to do whatever needs to be done. "I have really enjoyed watching all theses Young Athletes accomplish things in life that they thought they were not able to do. I am so Blessed to be a part of the Stephens County Special Olympics family .
My name is Jenny and I am the local Chairman of Stephens County Special Olympics. I have two daughters and a son that keep me busy every day. Jarred, my son, was diagnosed in 2008 with Autism and later, diagnosed with Hemophilia in 2011. I have always pushed him in all he does to hopefully give him the best at life. I got involved with Stephens County Special Olympics first as a parent in 2010, then as a fundraising/volunteer chairman in 2014. I have always enjoyed watching Jarred and his athletes having fun and making memories that will last a life time. As Chairman, my goal is to work hard with the team and the community to provide opportunities to our athletes and to get the community involved. I am a part of an awesome team working with extraordinary athletes and loving every moment!
My name is Kevin and I have 3 children. My son, Danial, was diagnosed with Septo Optic Dysplasia, a hormone/adrenal deficiency. I have been involved with Special Olympics for over 13 years as a parent and actively involved since 2011. I have been the Local Coordinator since 2013. I enjoy working with the athletes and their parents as well as with the community. The joy of watching them accomplish things they thought were unreachable and teaching them life skills that will forever help them is the reason I do what I do. Their joy and excitement makes all the planning and hard work worth it. My passion is doing the most and what is best for the athletes. I thank God for allowing me to be a part of this program and looking forward to seeing where He is going to take us. Philippians 4:13
Hello I would like to introduce myself, my name is Frankie Fleming; my passion for the Special Olympics began at an early age of eight years old. Becoming an athlete at a young age I was able to grow stronger physically and mentally. I developed a desire to encourage others to achieve their life goals and to always apply their best in anything they do. I owe a lot of gratitude to all who have been involved with the Special Olympics so many have played a part in making me the person I am today. I am thankful for the encouragement, love and guidance I have received over the years and for the opportunities I have been granted. Just recently I was appointed as a master coach with the Special Olympics I consider this an honor and will always strive to do my best to encourage others and to successfully fulfill any responsibilities.
Sam and Cheryl Algierii
Hi, we are Sam & Cheryl Algieri.
We have been married for nearly 37 years and have 2 beautiful daughters, 2 fantastic son-in-laws and may I say the 2 most gorgeous grandbabies in the whole world! We are very involved at our church, Glad Tidings. I am one of the worship leaders and Sam is the head usher. We have a service at our church for people with mental disabilities that is very dear to our hearts. We moved to Toccoa 22 years ago from Long Island, N.Y. to be closer to family.
We have been actively involved in Stephens County Special Olympics for many years. I started working in a special education classroom 19 years ago and have worked with these awesome athletes every year. I became a part of the management team a little over 6 years ago. We love being coaches and traveling with these athletes. The smiles and memories made are worth all the work involved.
"I have lived in Stephens County all my life; I have 3 children, my step-son has Septo Optic Dysplasia, a hormone/adrenal eficiency. I am married to our Special Olympics Coordinator Kevin Phillips. He has been a great blessing to me and our children. I have been involved in Special Olympics 2011, thru my step-son Daniel. I became involved first, by becoming a buddy at the local and state games. I’ve been a volunteer in Daniel’s class by helping with classroom activities and parties. I have really enjoyed being a part of Special Olympics and working with the athletes. They all have been an encouragement and a great blessing in my life. Our Special Olympics motto is “Let me win, but if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt”. I believe that this motto should be instilled in all of our lives.The athletes rejoice whether they win or lose! We all should be as courageous and compassionate as these athletes, in our day to day lives. All of the athletes hold a special place in my heart." Psalm 139:13-14.
"I am originally from Kansas City, MO. I am a twin and 50 years old. I am married to Daniel Mayfield and celebrate 17 years of marriage. We have 6 children 2 of our own, 3 adopted, that we are legal guardians. I have been involved in Special Olympics for about one year, I got involved with Special Olympics because I am the parent mentor for Stephens County. I also have a child who receives services from the Special Education department. I enjoy exercise, art, basketball, listening to my daughter play piano and hanging out with my family."
“I have lived in Stephens County all my life. I LOVE the Lord and serve Him through my work with children at church, Good News Club and missions work. I enjoy time with grandsons Carson and Chatham (and my son Dustin & wife Courtney)! I like gospel music, doing crafts and participating in craft festivals.
As a young lady I worked 13 years with mentally challenged adults, then later with special needs children. I loved getting a glimpse of the world through their eyes! Through them I learned about loving unconditionally and determination to achieve things. When Special Olympics came to speak at our church, I became a volunteer then later joined the management team. It’s a joy to see the athletes’ smiles and watch them achieve goals. God has truly blessed me to get to know the athletes and be able to be a part of such a wonderful organization!” Psalm 40:1-3