Not an obstacle, but an opportunity: Ready to compete on the National stage

Frannie Ronan

SEATTLE, Wash. -- You've been hearing a lot about the Special Olympics USA Games coming to town the first week in July.

But it's not just about sports. It's about some really special people.

Every parent has hopes and dreams for their children from the day they are born, all the way through their childhood.

Mike Ronan is no exception. He wants his daughter Frannie to grow and flourish, and become whatever she wants. Right now, that happens to be a gymnastics star. How long as she been at it?

“Since she was maybe 2 or 3,” replies Mike Ronan, Frannie’s dad.

He's watched her on the beam, he's cheered as she's tumbled.

“Frannie’s been having a lot of practice on a weekly basis,” Mike says. “And we practice at home.”

Frannie Ronan has Down Syndrome, but what some might have considered a road block, Mike and Frannie see as an opportunity. Lots of opportunities. Like Frannie's invitation to participate not only in the Special Olympics, but in this summer's USA Games.

Click Frannie’s picture above to hear more about the people who will part of the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games in Seattle.

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