Local Special Olympics athlete will ‘fight tooth and nail’ if funding comes into question again


 A presidential reversal on Special Olympics funding has some Quad Cities neighbors breathing a sigh of relief.

US Education Secretary Betsy DeVos proposed the $18 million budget cut that would have ended government support for the Special Olympics, which has more than a quarter million participants across the country.  

Just hours after that budget cut proposal President Trump said the Special Olympics will be fully funded.  

Special Olympics Scott County athlete and Global Messenger Adam McWilliams has been involved with the program for 18 years. 

He signed and shared an online petition protesting DeVos decision. 

McWilliams said Special Olympics has played a huge role in his life by helping him stay active and social. 

He says he’s happy the funding is safe for now, but he’s ready to protest again if he needs to. 

I’ll be behind it, you know, fighting. [You] can’t give up, McWilliams said. We’re going to fight tooth and nail, 100 percent.

The athlete is glad he can now focus on training for the spring games next month. He’s hoping to qualify for the national games.

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