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Special awards for Special Olympians

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BRIGHTON — Three area Special Olympians were named to the Colorado Rapids Special Olympics Unified All-Star soccer team.

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Brighton’s Ashley Kane will play defense. It’s her first time in Special Olympics, though she spent four years cheering for her sister, Brittany. Ashley Kane is a junior at Brighton High School who said her biggest accomplishment is a black belt in tae kwon do. She’s looking forward to playing soccer again.

“I like listening, helping people and motivating people,” she said. 

Kane said Special Olympics helped her family grow because of her sister’s experiences. She enjoys signing and writing poems. Her favorite Rapids player is Shane O’Neill.

Brittany is a senior at BHS. She’s a four-year veteran of Special Olympics, but this is her first time playing soccer on the Rapids Unified team. Brittany is a midfielder who also competes in basketball, bowling, tae kwon do and track and field.

Her biggest accomplishment was receiving her school’s Special Olympics athlete of the year honor and being the school’s prom queen. She helps manage team sports and enjoys airbrushing and leatherwork.

“Special Olympics has given me more opportunities to play sports and meet people,” Kane said. “It also helped me get more involved.”

She’s looking forward to making new friends and playing soccer again. Her favorite Rapids star is John Berner.

“I like to help out wherever I can and put others before myself,” she said.

Kristina Sisneros, who lives in Henderson, graduated from Brighton High School in 2007. She’s been involving in Special Olympics for 10 years. Sisneros has competed in skiing, softball, swimming and track. She’s looking forward to improving in soccer as a goalie.

“Special Olympics allows me to meet new people, have new experience and help with Special Olympics fundraisers,” she said. “I am proud to participate in many sports, and I love when I win medals.”

She’s excited about playing soccer and working with the Rapids players. She enjoys singing, dancing and acting.