Alison Smith, a lifelong resident of Shelton, received the Eunice Kennedy Shriver Award at the Special Olympics Hall of Fame dinner held on March 23 at the Aqua Turf Club in Southington.
This award is given to the Special Olympics Athlete who best exemplifies the Spirit of Special Olympics.
The daughter of Stephen and Bonnie Smith, Alison is a lifelong Shelton resident who has participated in the Special Olympics for the past 20 years in track & field, figure skating and bowling.
Along with being presented with the Eunice Kennedy Shriver Award, Smith was also inducted into the Special Olympics Hall of Fame.
Alison has participated in Special She has competed in the 1999 World Games as well as the 2006 and 2010 USA National Games.
In addition to her competition Smith is a Global Messenger and has spoken at numerous corporate events and has raised thousands of dollars for Special Olympics through her participation in Penguin Plunges and Torch Runs.
Additionally, she has served as Law Enforcement Torch Run ambassador for Connecticut and represented the state at the International Conference in Calgary Canada.
In 2015 she participated in the Relay Across America and helped to carry the torch to the World Games and she was named as one of Fairfield County Business Journal’s 40 under 40 – 40 people under the age of 40 who have made a difference. She is the first person with intellectual disabilities to receive this recognition.