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Stephen McVoy

Athlete • Arlington Heights, IL • Alpine Skiing

Stephen McVoy got involved in Special Olympics through friends and has been competing for 29 years. Now 37, he is training hard for his upcoming trip to Austria as part of the USA Delegation.

Over nearly three decades, he has also competed in softball, powerlifting and golf, and this year he hopes his basketball will win Gold at the State Games in Bloomington-Normal, Illinois.

McVoy has been skiing since he was eight years old and laughs recalling his share of wipeouts. Over the past few months he has been training hard to improve his strength siting his ab, glutes and stretching workouts. He flew to Oregon this past June for an advanced ski invitational with the National Sports Center for the Disabled.

There he was commended by the staff for being incredibly helpful and a great team player. McVoy graduated from Prospect Heights High School and went on to take classes at Harper Community College.

Currently, he works for the Arlington Heights Park District. 2017 marks McVoy’s second trip to the Special Olympics World Games. He previously competed in Alpine Skiing in the 2005 Special Olympics Winter World Games in Japan.

McVoy is excited to compete on the international level again. “I’m going to have to find pins!”

In a recent interview with The Daily Herald, he said he has been working with a personal trainer three days a week in weightlifting and basketball to help with cardio, endurance and muscle strength.

McVoy's mother Pam said, "The organization has enhanced Steve's life in many aspects, including social and athletic development.

"It has allowed him to be a part of a community, promoting friendships, teamwork, confidence and respect."

In a recent interview with The Chicago Tribune, McVoy said when he's not practicing for his Special Olympics sports, he volunteers as a ski instructor on day trips sponsored by the Wounded Warrior project.

"Over the years, so many people have given their time for Steve's endeavors, so we're just so glad to see he has learned the importance of being a volunteer, and he is now giving back to others," Pam said.

 
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