Andrew Kramer does not let an intellectual disability define him or limit his capabilities. When he’s not playing tennis for Special Olympics Tri-Valley, Andrew works at a tax office in Santa Monica.
Andrew’s accomplishments include being part of the first graduating class of UCLA Extension’s two-year certificate program for individuals with disabilities in 2009. He learned basic life skills, such as how to cook, manage his time and even how to take the bus.
In June, he also graduated from Santa Monica College, where he studied business.
“I’m doing book keeping, too. (I hope to) take on more clients,” Andrew said. “I just want to learn as I go.”
Andrew wrapped up his second year with Special Olympics Southern California in 2017. His passion for tennis only continues to grow.
Among the aspects he enjoys are “a good, supportive environment.”
“The competition (drives me),” said Andrew, who won a gold medal at his first Fall Games in November. “It’s also made me appreciate people more, be more supportive and cheer them on.
“You’re just out there to have fun, and that’s all that matters.”