I had the opportunity to help out at the special Olympics hosted at Furman last week and it was an experience I won’t forget. I was assigned to help a teen girl named Courtney. My job was to help her eat lunch, spend time with her, and help her get to all of her events. While originally this may have seemed like a chore, I would not trade my time with her for anything. Courtney’s smile not only lit up the entire room, but the whole house as well. Her enthusiasm, kindness, and excitement was nothing short of admirable. All of the competitors inspired me more than they will ever know. It was so incredible to be around so many brave and grateful people who just wanted to have fun. They encouraged the people around them and everyone was considered a close friend. Society may not deem special needs people as socially superior, but I think we could learn a thing or two from them. I loved how Courtney cheered everyone on and wanted a picture with just about everybody. No-one was competition, but rather a fellow teammate.