Jimmy Peterson

Years involved with Special Olympics: Five. This will be my sixth year.

Sport(s) you coach: Basketball.

How you became involved: My best friend, Zak, and his mother, Kelly, asked me to help with establishing the new SOBC – North Shore basketball program.

What do I like about coaching Special O athletes? I like to see athletes reaching or at least trying to reach their athletic potential, taking pride in themselves and their accomplishments, and having a social outlet to meet other athletes and coaches. I take a lot of pleasure in witnessing the athletes’ enthusiasm at every practice and outing.

Best accomplishment: It was terrific that all the athletes from our basketball team qualified for the Provincial Games in Abbotsford in 2009. My best accomplishment would likely be playing a role, however minor, in helping the athletes improve their basketball skills.