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UMW student volunteers at special olympics.

September 4, 2015

McDougall was partnered with an athlete to play bocce as part of the unified sports program. Unified sports join people with and without intellectual disabilities on the same team inspired by the principle that training together and playing together is a quick path to friendship and understanding.

“My experience with the Special Olympics has given me the opportunity to interact with amazing people from all around the world helping me gain confidence and improve my leadership skills,” said McDougall.

McDougall has volunteered with the Special Olympics organization for the past seven years. She first became involved after her brother was diagnosed with autism and became a Special Olympic athlete. 

After working with special needs people, McDougall realized she wanted to be a teacher and decided to come to Montana Western to earn her associates in early childhood education. 

“I love the Experience One program at Montana Western. It allows me freedom and flexibility to take advantage of unique opportunities like the Special Olympics and pursue my dream of becoming a special ed teacher,” said McDougall.