Auburn High School senior wins award

May 12, 2013 by  

A senior from Auburn High School has recently been presented with the Golden Tennis Shoe Award by US Senator Patty Murray.

Tyler May received the award at a ceremony that took place at Seattle Westin. May is just one of the individuals who have been honored for their compassion and dedication to improving their local communities, along with the wider state of Washington. The opening statement at the luncheon was delivered by the Second Lady of the United States, Dr. Jill Biden.

May, 17, is the first athlete who is autistic to be named Most Valuable Player on any Auburn High School athletic team. He has already won gold medals in golf and has spent the last two years being involved with Special Olympics. May speaks at fundraising and community outreach events as a representative of the Special Olympics Athlete Leadership Program, of which he is a member.

In Washington D.C., May participated in the Special Olympics Capitol Hill Day, asking for sponsorship of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver Act from Senators and Washington State Congressional Representatives. More than 10,000 athletes who take part in the Special Olympics were represented by May as he called for support for the bill. The reauthorization of the Special Olympics Sport and Empowerment Act of 2004 will enable mentoring programs to be launched, supported by Best Buddies.

The lobbying for support for the bill was possibly publicized with the assistance of local printing companies providing flyer and poster printing services.