Special Olympics Inductee
Patrick started participating in sports at only 6 years old, and has won over 275 medals in his 26+ years with Special Olympics. He has participated in many sports while attending school through the San Juan Unified School District, where his parents, Steve and Joanie, work. Patrick went to Del Campo high school where he played soccer, football, basketball, ran Track and was Homecoming King. He has been with the basketball program for 17 years and continues to volunteer his time. In his final basketball game, he was able to suit up and made the final shot of the game! Patrick is an exceptional athlete and was honored to represent the USA in Athens, Greece at the World Games, where he won the Gold Medal in Doubles Bowling. It was his birthday, so that made it extra special.
More exceptional than his skills, is Patrick’s attitude and big heart. He not only can he be seen at Del Campo running the scoreboard and clock, or managing the field gate at football games, but he finds the time to volunteer at summer camps. He spends two weeks at the Ronald McDonald Camp and Camp ReCreation where he helps others and works wherever he is needed. Patrick also volunteers at his church for Kinder Cuddler taking care of children and is known as the “Baby Whisperer.” He has a job at SaveMart and is known to everyone who shops there. He is always thinking of others; keeping change in his pocket for customers who might be short that day.
His love of sports is very much a part of patrick's life. He bowls in two leagues, has participated in numerous different sports and can be seen at just about every Del Campo High School game! He will proudly tell you that he and fellow Sacramento Sports Hall of Fame Inductees, Dusty Baker and Danielle Vigiloine, are proud Cougar Alumni!
Patrick is the perfect ambassador for Special Olympics and speaks at community events and local businesses about SONC. Patrick loves his family! His amazing parents, Steve and Joanie, along with his 4 siblings and a large support system of extended family and friends will tell you... Eveyone LOVES Patrick!