Brian Martin, 14, has been chosen as this month’s Beverly Review Athlete of the Month.
Martin lives in Mt. Greenwood and competes with the Special Olympics-Chicago program through the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences (CHSAS), where he is a freshman. He started competing with the Special Olympics-Chicago program in 2012. Through the years, Martin has competed in swimming, bowling, and track and field events. However, his favorite sport is swimming.
A highlight of Martin’s Special Olympics-Chicago competitions happened this year, when he won the gold medal for swimming in the 400-meter relay. Martin is looking forward to competing in the Special Olympics-Chicago Spring Games, May 1-5, at Eckersall Stadium.
Molly Condon, Martin’s teacher at CHSAS, said he takes pride in competing.
“Brian is such an incredible swimmer. He loves bowling, too, and is a leader in his freshman class,” Condon said. “He is very proud to be a part of the CHSAS swim team.”
Martin lives with his mom, dad and sister, Jordan. He also has a dog named Spike and a gecko named Yoshi.
His parents said Martin has excelled.
“Brian is a caring and thoughtful young man and has quite the sense of humor,” they said. “Although he has had some challenges over the years, he has become a great athlete, friend, brother and son.”
In his free time, Martin loves playing video games and working with origami and Lego sets. He said his favorite subject in school is art.
When asked what his favorite aspect is about being an athlete in the Special Olympics-Chicago program, Martin said, “I like to be with my friends and go to new places.”
The Special Olympics mission is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.
The Special Olympics-Chicago program is the largest in Illinois.
For more information on the Special Olympics-Chicago program, to donate or to get involved, visit sochicago.org.