“I’ve had some pretty bad things happen to me in most of my life,” Ray remarked. “Special Olympics has helped me learn how to stand up for myself in real life.”
Like many athletes in Special Olympics, Ray enjoys the friendships he makes at competitions. A close friend moved away from Santa Barbara, but the two see each other every year at tournaments.
And when he’s not practicing or competing, Ray is working as a mobility aide for an agency in Santa Barbara.