Juanita High student gets opportunity of a lifetime at Special Olympics USA Games
Audrey Hagen got to fly business class for the first time recently, and loved it, but that was not the best part about her trip. The rising sophomore at Juanita High School was asked to be a gaffer at the Special Olympics USA Games in Orlando, Fla. That means Audrey got to carry equipment for her father, who was working as media for the event. The games took place at the ESPN Wide World of Sports venue in Orlando. Her father says that media are not normally allowed to cheer during events, but Audrey did anyway; no one seemed to mind. The father-daughter duo took off a day early from the games to visit Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom, where she got to pose with her favorite Disney princesses.
According to its website, the 2022 Special Olympics USA Games united more than 5,500 athletes and coaches from all 50 states and the Caribbean and 125,000 spectators during one of the country’s most cherished sporting events.