USA Games Spotlight: Sarah Kovacs

By Hannah van Warmerdam

There is a special kind of bond between a father and a daughter. Special Olympics athlete Sarah Kovacs has the distinction of additionally being coached by her father, Tom, in track and field.

This father-daughter duo have both been involved with Special Olympics for more than 11 years and are headed to the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games in July.

Sarah, 25 and from Santa Monica, loves to compete and enjoys spending time with her teammates. Her favorite event is the 800 meters and whether she is competing or watching other events, you can be sure to find her cheering on her teammates – and even her competitors.

It is this selfless mindset that sets Sarah apart and inspires her family.

STORY Tom and Sarah Kovacs

(From middle to right): Tom and Sarah Kovacs

On the sidelines supporting Sarah’s successes is her father and coach. Tom has watched Sarah grow into who she is today and seen how Special Olympics has directly affected her.

“It has opened up doors to friends, acceptance, and lots of confidence so she is able to do her best,” Tom said. “She continues to improve in track on a regular basis, she works hard and her confidence has boosted being surrounded by teammates and friends.”

Sarah’s hard work has definitely paid off as she will be representing all of Southern California in Seattle.

“It’s a chance to watch her, to be with her, to share time with her,” Tom said about coaching Sarah. “It is an opportunity I have to give back to the community.”

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