Another successful Special Olympics Summer Games has been completed. There was no shortage of inspiration as over 2,500 athletes participated and over 3,000 people volunteered to help make this event a great one.

My team of Brad Abouchedid, Joey Clawson, Joe Bodner, Alex Armour, Mike Capone, Laura Kasper, and Chrissy Acton gave it their all! Many of them even got medals! I enjoyed playing Unified Doubles with Joey Clawson (above) and we defended our gold medal from last year!

The focus of our athletes is having fun and giving a full effort. As a by-product, they won medals. Win or lose, it doesn’t matter, it’s how you play the game. And if you play the game with fun and the right attitude, you win more. Not the other way around.

Take the philosophy of these special athletes and start winning some medals in your own life!

Thanks for reading.

Ed Tseng
Director of Mental Conditioning
Monroe Sports Center


Today was Day 1 of the Special Olympics Summer Games 2011 here in New Jersey. It was a great day full of inspiration. In fact, the Special Olympics motto is “Inspire Greatness” and these special athletes certainly do that. During the tennis matches today, I heard a couple special athletes talking to each other…

“Did you win?” one athlete asked.

“No, but I did my best,” was the optimistic response.

Wow, I think all of us coaches, athletes and parents can learn from these amazing athletes.

Here’s another quote from the Special Olympics…

“Let me win, but if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.”

Stay tuned, tonight I will be at Opening Ceremonies for some more inspiration.


Today’s message is especially dedicated to all the mothers at MOPS International in Bordentown, NJ.

To laugh often and much,
to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children,
to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of
false friends,
to appreciate beauty,
to find the best in others,
to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden
patch, or a redeemed social condition;
to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived.
This is to have succeeded.