Allyson Portnoy of Shelton was told by doctors that she wouldn\u2019t be able to do what she tried. But after 20 years as a Special Olympian, she\u2019s proving that they were wrong. From June 14 to 21, Ally and coach Scott Goldin of Shelton will travel to New Jersey to compete in the bowling events. The Special Olympics USA Games take place every four years and this year will draw close to 3,500 athletes from across the country to compete. Claire Portnoy, Allyson\u2019s mother, said Ally considers the best thing about being in Special Olympics \u201cis that she loves the socialization, being showered with attention from all the visitors to the events, and being able to see and do things she may otherwise not be able to attend.\u201d Has received many medals Receiving an invitation to the games is Allyson\u2019s proudest Special Olympics moment to date, she said. She has participated in Special Olympics for more than two decades, and bowled locally prior to that. During her time with Special Olympics, she has also trained and competed in track and field and swimming, for which she has received many medals through the years. Allyson said she enjoys having the opportunity to be socially integrated and meet new people. \u201cMostly she feels that her bowling coach, Scott Goldin, has become a real friend with all of the nice things he does for her and the rest of the bowling team,\u201d Claire Portnoy said. \u201cScott helped Allyson choose her new bowling ball and made sure it was perfect for her,\u201d Claire Portnoy said. Giving back Goldin is the coach of the 2014 Winter Games-bound Special Olympics Connecticut bowling team. He became involved with Special Olympics at the suggestion of his roommate in 2005. The only motivation necessary is how much he enjoys his weekly Saturday practices and the competitions, he said. Not only does he enjoy giving back, but he also likes watching the athletes have fun. He loves creating a personal relationship with the athletes and is inspired by their participation. Goldin said the proudest moment of his Special Olympics career so far is receiving an award for being an outstanding volunteer during Special Olympics Connecticut\u2019s Hall of Fame Banquet in 2008. \u201cSpecial Olympics gives me such a great opportunity to be part of such an amazing group of people,\u201d Goldin said. For information go to www.2014specialolympics.org.