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Nicholas D’Elicio

Athlete, Soccer

Hometown: Roanoke

How many years have you been with Special Olympics, and with which sports?
I have been involved in Special Olympics in Virginia since I was 14 years old. My first S.O. sport was bowling, then I added basketball, and I also have played softball, bocce, and now soccer. I am currently finishing up my two-year term as a Global Messenger for Special Olympics Virginia, and during the pandemic, I have been doing workouts at home for the fitness combine. I also have raised money for S.O. through the polar plunge and have appeared on television to promote S.O.

What is the biggest problem/obstacle that you've had to overcome?
My autism and OCD cause me to engage in repetitive behaviors that can affect me and my family and friends. I work every day to try not to let those thoughts and behaviors overtake me.

What makes you most proud?
I am proud of the way all of us involved with S.O. have learned to communicate and build relationships with each other.

Who do you admire the most?
I admire Josh O'Dell, another Special Olympics athlete. He's funny, a good athlete, and has a positive attitude.