Olympic Medalist Rafer Johnson Joins Maria Sanchez

I will admit; there have been moments while working on The Maria Sanchez Show when I have simply stopped and soaked in the experience. I have had the honor of interviewing some truly remarkable people. Olympic Medalist Rafer Johnson is one such person.

A world-class former decathlete, Mr. Johnson won a gold medal in the 1955 Pan American Games, a silver medal in the 1956 Olympics, and a gold medal in the 1960 Olympic Games. But more than that, Mr. Rafer Johnson is a world-class human being.

After attending his first Special Olympics in 1968, Mr. Johnson — along with a small group of volunteers — founded the California Special Olympics in 1969. That first Special Olympics was held at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and hosted 900 individuals with intellectual disabilities.

Rafer then became one of the original members of the Special Olympics Board of Directors, working to raise funds and offer swimming and track and field programs. He served as President of the Board from 1983 to 1992, when he was named Chairman of the Board of Governors.

After more than four decades working on behalf of the intellectually disabled, Mr. Johnson joined us on The Maria Sanchez Show, check out our podcasts to listen in.

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