Doug Patterson

Doug has been an athlete with Special Olympics New York in Staten Island for 30 years. He competes in track & field, aquatics (swimming), bocce, bowling, floor hockey and softball. His favorite sport is track & field. Special Olympics New York has given Doug an opportunity to reach incredible milestones including participating in World Games, mentoring new athletes and being a member of Athlete Congress. Doug often helps plan tournaments, participates in fundraising and speaks on behalf of Special Olympics New York to local groups. He received his greatest honor this year at the 2018 Summer Games where he was given the first Athlete of the Year Award.

Doug is most proud of this award, as well as being a dad to his sons. He currently works at Lifestyles for the Disabled, an organization that develops programs that provide participants with realistic work settings and experiences within the Staten Island community and beyond.