Centennial 21-Year-Old Inducted into the Special Olympics Hall of Fame
A Centennial Special Olympian has made a name for himself in the Hall of Fame. After the 21-year-old Cody Fields won three gold medals at the 2013 World Special Olympics Winter Games he has quickly become a famous athlete in Colorado. Recently, Field has become part of the Colorado Rapids Special Olympics Unified Soccer Team.
Diagnosed with bipolar disorder and Asperger’s, Field doesn’t let his disability get in the way of being a team player. “I always treat people like they should be treated,” he said in the Centennial Citizen article. “As a people person, I always try to be social and kind. Kill ’em with kindness if I have to.”
In 2004, he joined the Special Olympics in swimming. Since then, Field has been a part of the softball team, soccer, skiing, basketball and snowboarding. Making sure to enjoy every moment of each sport is important to his life and he values the friendships made along the way.
After the winter games, where he won won gold medals in snowboarding, Field was determined to continue his success by trying out for the Rapids Soccer Team. Once he found out he made the team he was ecstatic. According to the article, Field also trained with the other athletes on the U.S. team.
Watching Field grow into the Special Olympic athlete he is today has been exciting for the Centennial community. He said that he has learned sportsmanship and learned to value friendship, family and honor.