Kemokai relishes playing in Special Olympics


Special Olympics athlete Mohamed Kemokai has been playing the game of softball for quite some time.
He plays the corner infield spots but usually mans first.

“Because I’m fast enough,” Kemokai said, “and can catch it.”

Kemokai sees an improvement in his game because he makes sure he does a couple of things every time he steps onto the diamond.

“Focusing and I listen to my coaches,” Keomkai said.

And his coaches have nothing but great things to say about him.

“Heart of gold,” head coach Stacey Christian said. “He will give his all to anything. If you give him a task he will give you 110 percent.

And one of those tasks was learning offense.

“We have taught him from ground up how to bat,” Christian said. “He had the basics down, but throwing, phenomenal.”

Kemokai says the preparation for this weeks event has been productive.

“It’s pretty good,” Kemokai said, “I’m excited.”

Besides playing of course, he’s looking forward to plenty of other things too.

“Meet old friends and family,” Kemokai said, “and different people, and make new friends.”

And his coach says that with each time he takes to the field, athletes like Mohamed are sending an important point.

“Your disability doesn’t need to stop you,” Christian said.

And it looks like Mohamed isn’t stopping anytime soon.

The Speical Olympics begin Thursday and continue through Sunday.

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