Chase Shirley, 12, is the Special Olympics Featured Athlete of the Year. This incredible multi-sport autistic athlete has 63 trophies and 25 medals from a combination of baseball, soccer, gymnastics, floor hockey, basketball, horseback riding, and mixed martial arts. He says autism ‘feels like dodging a thousand balls at one time’, which he seems more than capable of doing based on his many awards. He was invited by the San Diego Padres to throw out the opening pitch for one of the team’s season home games.
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