Senator Mary Easley
Senate District 18
Mayes, Tulsa and Wagoner counties
For Immediate Release: May 15, 2008
Sen. Mary Easley
Special Olympics Oklahoma Family Of The Year
The Oklahoma State Senate adopted a resolution Thursday recognizing
Dale and Carrie Schultz and their son J.C. of Catoosa as the 2008
Family of the Year for Special Olympics Oklahoma.
Senate Resolution 92 was authored by Sen. Mary
Easley, D-Tulsa. She introduced the family on the Senate floor
at the State Capitol.
“The Schultz family exemplifies the extraordinary care and
commitment of all families and their Special Olympics children,”
Easley said. “They dedicate their time and effort to not only
helping their son, but other children as well. They are truly deserving
of this award and recognition.”
The Schultz’s have been involved with Special Olympics for
seven years. J.C. competes in electric wheelchair races while Dale
serves as a volunteer coach and chaperone and Carrie has been a
coach for the past two years.
Mrs. Schultz said her family was grateful to Sen. Easley and the
Oklahoma Senate for the resolution.
“We are very honored and humbled to receive this recognition,”
Mrs. Schultz said. “It was so exciting to see his (J.C) face
when the senators gave us a standing ovation on the Senate floor.
J.C. had a huge smile. He was very touched.”
The Schultz’s received their award May 7 during at the opening
ceremony of the Special Olympics Oklahoma Summer Games in Stillwater.
Shelley Gibson, a teacher and coach at Catoosa High School was also
honored as the Special Olympics Oklahoma Coach of the Year. She
serves as J.C. Schultz’s coach.
During the Summer Games competition, J.C., age 15, won a gold medal
in the 25-meter wheelchair race and a silver medal in the 25-meter
The mission of Special Olympics 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.
Judge Bana Roberts serves on the U.S. District Court Western District
of Oklahoma. She is also chairman of the Special Olympics Oklahoma
Board of Directors. She said the Schultz’s epitomize what
Special Olympics stands for.
“They represent the thousands of Special Olympics families
that support their children in not just competition, but everyday
life,” Roberts said. “These families are the heart and
soul of Special Olympics.”
For more information contact:
Sen. Easley's Office: (405) 521-5590