Sen. Meyer, Sen. Linares Honor Guilford Special Olympian Theresa McSparran at State Capitol

April 4, 2013
Sen. Ed Meyer (left) and Sen. Art Linares (center) applaud Theresa McSparran of Guilford (right) after presenting Theresa with an official state citation in an April 3 ceremony in the State Capitol’s Senate Chamber.

Sen. Ed Meyer (left) and Sen. Art Linares (center) applaud Theresa McSparran of Guilford (right) after presenting Theresa with an official state citation in an April 3 ceremony in the State Capitol’s Senate Chamber.

Sen. Ed Meyer (D-Guilford) and Sen. Art Linares (R-Westbrook) presented a legislative citation of congratulations to Theresa McSparran of Guilford in an April 3 ceremony in the State Capitol’s Senate Chamber.

Theresa has participated in the Special Olympics for more than 38 years, and was recently given the “Spirit of Life Award” for exemplifying the true meaning of the Special Olympics.

“Theresa McSparran’s record with the Special Olympics is truly inspiring, and it is my honor to serve as her State Senator,” said Senator Meyer. “The dedication and strength of character demonstrated by Theresa should serve to encourage inclusion and respect for individuals of all abilities.”

For the past ten years, Theresa has served as a spokesperson for the Special Olympics, and travels the state sharing her experiences and promoting the organization’s mission. Theresa is highly qualified for this position, having participated in Special Olympics events for nearly 40 years. She currently trains and competes in the snowshoeing and race walking events. In the past, this well-rounded athlete has also participated in basketball, swimming, downhill skiing, and soccer.

“Theresa is admired by her teammates and coaches for her positive attitude and determination,” Sen. Linares said. “She is known to always look out for the needs of people with disabilities. It was a pleasure to join Sen. Meyer in honoring Theresa at the State Capitol today.”