Kevin Anderson is a 10-year veteran of the Special Olympics.
The 26-year-old from Tacoma was taking a break from his events Saturday at Cowan Stadium at Fort Lewis. Minutes removed his gold medal-winning performance in the shot put as a member of the Metro Parks Panthers, he was mentally preparing to sprint in the 100-meter and 200-meter dashes later in the afternoon.
That’s right, Anderson is a multi-sport athlete, a la Bo Jackson, the super athlete of the 1980s. (Remember lines such as, “Bo knows golf,” etc.? That’s Kevin)
Anderson, who has down syndrome, doesn’t let his skills on the field get to his head. However, he did predict a strong showing in the running events.
“I’m super-speed,” he said, pointing to his chest.
David and Ilene Anderson, his parents, said their son takes it all in fun. In fact, one of the best aspects of the annual games is Kevin Anderson gets to chat, high five and hug friends he hasn’t seen in awhile.
“He loves it,” his mother said. “It’s really good for his self esteem.”
As for her son’s multi-faceted athletic ability, Ilene Anderson said she isn’t surprised.
“If there’s an event, he does it,” she said.