Joshua (age 23) & Timothy (age 19) Woodall
Brothers | Long Beach | Softball
Among the 42 Special Olympics athletes from the Long Beach program that are competing at Fall Games, brothers Joshua and Timothy Woodall are packed and ready for a weekend of fun competitions. The Woodall brothers have been participating in Special Olympics for two years. They have competed in basketball, swimming, and softball. At Special Olympics Southern California's Fall Games, the brothers are competing in softball. Their team is on a winning streak, having won most of their games this season, and are excited to have new teams to play and put their skills to the test. "I never miss a game," said the brothers' grandmother Dorothy. "My daughter and I drive wherever they go. You see them smiling and it makes you feel so good to see such joy. It's a blessing to be around them. I just love it. They love it." Since joining Special Olympics, Dorothy describes the changes she's seen in the brother's lives, "it's all about attitude. They are surrounded by other athletes they can look up to. If they struck out, they used to get upset. Now they have learned to be happy. Whatever place they win, I remind them to be happy." When they're not on the playing field, the brothers like to play basketball at the park or go on bike rides.