Special Olympics Connecticut held its 2012 President’s Awards Reception at Mohegan Sun on November 10th to honor outstanding companies and individuals whose dedication to supporting Special Olympics – and opening people’s hearts and minds to accepting people of all abilities – has made a profound difference in the lives of many. Those honored include: Coca-Cola, ConnectiCare, The Mohegan Tribe, TD Bank, Volunteers Kathy Conger and Tom Kollar and Athlete Lonnie Braxton.
Braxton has participated in Special Olympics Connecticut for many years and views the program as a very important part of his life. As a Special Olympics athlete, Lonnie has participated in track and field, bowling and tennis. In 2010, Lonnie was selected to be a member of Team Connecticut, Connecticut’s Special Olympics Team for the National Games. These games were held in Lincoln, Nebraska, where they drew over 30,000 spectators. Lonnie won two medals in tennis, including a gold in singles and a silver in doubles.
Friends know Braxton as someone who’s always “on the go.” He works at Puffins in Groton five days a week. On Monday’s after work he plays tennis in East Lyme, on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings, he attends adult education classes in New London, and on Fridays he bowls. He clips coupons on Sundays, and works on the shopping list and assists with the household chores in between all of this. Braxton also enjoys assisting his dad with restoring old Miata’s and their old house. With all of this on his plate, he still finds time to go to the movies and dance – one of Braxton’s favorite activities.
The honor was a surprise for Braxton that evening, as his dad kept the award a secret, so it would be a wonderful and unexpected occasion for his accomplished son!
Lonnie Braxton III lives with his father, Senior Assistant State’s Attorney, Lonnie Braxton II in New London.
About Special Olympics Connecticut
Special Olympics Connecticut provides year-round sports training and competitions for more than 13,000 children and adults with intellectual disabilities and Unified Partners (their teammates without disabilities). Through a myriad of initiatives throughout the state and the world, Special Olympics is a movement that’s changing attitudes and changing lives by inspiring inclusion, understanding and respect for people of all abilities, in all aspects of life. (www.soct.org)