Crystal M Williams

Disability Advocate, Writer, Blogger, Kabuki Syndrome

Feature Story: Special Olympics Athlete.

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Hello everyone!

Happy Friday. Hope that everyone is doing well & enjoying the week. Today on my blog I’m going to do a story/ interview that I did with a friend and fellow Special Olympics Athlete Daniel Smrokowski. If you rememberer awhile back I did a blog post about being apart of his podcast show with my husband Matthew. I thought it would be nice to return the favour and feature his story on my blog. I really recommend checking out his podcast show if you already haven’t done that yet it’s called Special Chronicles. You can listen to it anywhere on podcast apps and even online. I got to chat with Daniel about a week ago on a video call. I’m sure you’re all wondering how Daniel and I met. I met Daniel last march when Matthew and I went to Abu Dhabi to attend as guests for the 2019 Special Olympics World Summer Games.

Daniel is an athlete for Special Olympics Illinois. He joined Special Olympics in 2005. The sports that he does currently are Swimming and Basketball. Daniel would love to do unified golf for next season. Daniel recently had a swim meet and won two gold medals for his swimming reign qualifier next up for him will be state games in June of this year. In 2009 Daniel became an athlete leader for his local program by taking an athlete leadership training course. While doing the training course Daniel met his long time girlfriend Georgia. They Have been together for five years. As an athlete leader he has done local speeches to local schools and local organizations throughout his Community. Daniel started a college radio show to interview people and also started to share his story. Five months before he started podcasting he started listening to other different podcasts. He decided to try things for podcasting by recording stuff & doing different tests for podcast. Daniel’s podcast show Special Chronicles has been running for eleven years and it’s a non profit organization. Now his show has become a platform Network not only for podcasting but also a digital network for audio, video show and blogs. If you would like to know more about podcasting Daniel has created a video with all the information that you need in a video that will be posted on Special Olympics International’s website at the end of this month. To check that out you can go to

Daniel Has got to interview lots of different people on his podcast. So I wanted to ask him more about that. One of his favourite interviews that he has done was with Tim Shriver, the chairman of Special Olympics. He has also told me that he would love to interview Robin Roberts from Good Morning America and she happens to be a big supporter for Special Olympics. Another person he would love to interview now is a Special Olympics Athlete, friend and a Special Olympics International Bored Member Loretta Claiborne. His dream interview person if they were still alive would be Eunice Kennedy Shriver. Eunice Kennedy Shriver was the founder of the Special Olympics

Daniel is a Sargent Shriver International Global Messenger. For the next four years he will travel around the world sharing the positive impact Special Olympics has had on his life and other people with disabilities. Last year as a Sargent Shriver International Global Messenger he attend the summer world games in Abu Dhabi and spoke at different events throughout the week.

For those of you that don’t know much about Special Olympics and would like to know more information about it. This is what Daniel would like you to know. When you come to any of our events they are fun. We compete at a high level and we also train like other people who don’t have disabilities It’s fun and everyone is included inside and outside of our Community. This movement has connected all of us together and has helped us meet new people.

Well I hope that you enjoyed reading my blog today. I just want to thank you for taking the time out of your day. Thank you to Daniel for letting me interview you and chat. If you would like to know more information about Daniel’s podcast show you can go check out his website at

Well that’s all for today blog, I hope everyone has a great day.


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