Big Show On Working With Special Olympic Athletes

Big Show recently spoke with Justin Barrasso for Sports Illustrated Extra Mustard to talk about his role as an ambassador for Special Olympics. Here is an excerpt from that interview:

“In some ways, I do identify with the Special Olympics athletes. Because of my size, because of my presence, I’ve always been judged before people got to know me. I was 6’2”, 220 pounds at 12 years old, and when people found out I was only 12, I still remember how differently they reacted. Sometimes, people would assume that I wasn’t intelligent or capable, and that was challenging for me to overcome. As a human being who wants to be part of society, I want to make friends, I want to make people comfortable around me, and I want to learn from people.”

“That’s what really hits home for me when I work with our Special Olympians, because some people also have preconceived notions that are simply outdated and not true about these amazing men and women. These individuals are so capable, and one of the main important things I get from working with Special Olympians is their honest-to-goodness sincerity.”

“If you want to see the true embodiment of overcoming and determination, spend some time with Special Olympics athletes. We should never limit or prejudge. We’re educating people around the world with the ‘Inclusion Revolution’ that there is absolutely no reason to say a person cannot do something. These athletes are living proof that they can overcome any obstacle. It’s great for the rest of us in the world to take a good, hard look at that inspiration.”