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Polk County Oregon – Special Olympics

September 2013 Athlete & Volunteer of the Month Joseph Tafolla


Joseph Tafolla is an amazing Polk County athlete. He is 21 years old and has been participating with Polk County for the past three years. In the 2013 Summer State Games, he competed in the 100m dash (division M01) and he earned the silver medal. He credits his success to dedication, hard work, positive coaches, and his teammates… for always supporting him and challenging him to do his best. Joseph loves all sports but his all time favorite is basketball. Joseph’s hobbies consist of hanging out with his friends and, of course, playing basketball on the hoop he has in his yard. Joseph arrives at every practice and every competition with the will and desire to do better than the previous week and does so with the sportsmanship and excellence that Special Olympics strives to inspire. He is a leader and role model for the other athletes. Joseph has a long term goal of going to national games in either basketball or athletics and definitely has the heart and will power to achieve that goal.