Special Olympics Colorado has given Mackenzie so many opportunities to express herself and grow as a person. We have always tried to promote Mackenzie’s independence so that she is as ready as she can be when she graduates from high school. The rapids experience fit very nicely into that plan and actually speeded things up. The Seattle trip gave her confidence in her abilities and allowed her to take on the opportunities she has for leadership. Mackenzie wants to go on a school trip to Italy next year and this trip to Seattle has given us confidence that she will be ready. Not only do we have confidence, but most importantly she believes she can do it. Mackenzie is ready to prove herself and take the opportunities that are in front of her. The Colorado Rapids players have given her a sense of family and belonging. These team members have given her the strength to stand up for herself and feel important. These experiences are priceless and I hope more people begin to realize the importance of unity and the impact it can have on society and the way we live each day.