Our Special Olympians 11

Meet four SOMT athletes who embody the true spirit of sports

When the approximately 1,200 athletes from around the state step up to the starting line in their chosen events at the 2017 Special Olympics Montana State Summer Games this month, they will be surrounded by people who’ve pointed out the gold in them—even if they don’t win a gold. Special Olympics’ motto, Let me win, but if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt, exemplifies the heart of all those competing. Let’s meet some of the athletes!

Hilary Benjamin

Events: Track and Field, Swimming

Hilary became involved with Special Olympics 21 years ago. She is a Special Olympics Global Messenger, which sends her off the playing field and into communities to talk about the good news within the world of Special Olympics.

Coley Stensgar-Maul

Events: Track and Field, Swimming

Coley has been participating in Special Olympics for seven years. Currently, he serves on the Law Enforcement Torch Run board, which raises funds for and awareness of the Special Olympics. Coley and Hilary met and began dating through Special Olympics.

Gary Fuller

Events: Track and Field, Bocce

Gary has participated in Special Olympics for more than 20 years, and he currently serves on the board of directors for Special Olympics Montana.

Tim Zavarelli

Events: Track and Field, Bocce

Tim has been involved with Special Olympics for 16 years. In March, he traveled to Austria for the Winter Special Olympics World Games, where he ran in the final leg of the Law Enforcement Torch Run, which covered more than 200 miles through 50 cities in nine provinces.