The goal keeper of Special Olympics Kenya’s Floor Hockey team has kept them on top of their division.
But no one knew that 16-year-old Lawrence Mwangi had been achieving such greatness on the sports field despite having cataracts.
He was diagnosed in a Special Olympics Lions Club International Opening Eyes screening at the 2017 World Winter Games in Austria by Adib Jaber, the regional clinical advisor for Special Olympics Middle-East North Africa (MENA) region. Adib has been volunteering with Special Olympics Lebanon for over 14 years.
Lawrence only grew into the champion he is now since joining Special Olympics Kenya. When his mother discovered he had an intellectual disability, she was devastated and could not stop blaming herself. This affected Lawrence, and he did not know if he was good at anything. But through sports he discovered he had athletic talent, focus, and was a team player with a specialty in goal-keeping.
And now, with better vision thanks to Special Olympics volunteers, there is no telling what else this talented young man will achieve.