Special Olympics Youth of the Week: Sydie Garrett and Olivia Rudolph

The following post was written by Sydie Garrett and Olivia Rudolph, a Special Olympics Unified Sports® pair from Special Olympics North Carolina. In July of 2018, Sydie and Olivia attended the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games in Seattle to participate in the Youth Leadership Experience (YLE). Along with Unified pairs from across the country, Sydie and Olivia were chosen for the YLE because of their leadership skills and passion for inclusion. Congrats on being named the #SOYouthOfTheWeek!


Sydie and Olivia have been friends for 3 years and love to be an active part of their Wake Forest, North Carolina community. Both rising seniors this year, they look forward to their last year participating in activities as high school students.

Sydie Garrett and Olivia Rudolph, a Special Olympics North Carolina Unified pair

Athletics are an important part of their time at school. Sydie is on the Unified track team and Olivia plays lacrosse and swims for the city of Wake Forest. They look forward to starting a Unified bocce team this upcoming school year! Outside of sports, the pair also helps plan and participate in activities like cookie decorating, Easter egg hunts, and craft days for students at their school.


Sydie and Olivia recently returned from the 2018 USA Games in Seattle where they represented North Carolina in the Youth Leadership Experience. They had an amazing time, and their favorite moments include meeting other youth leaders from across the country, getting to interview Special Olympics athletes, and spending time playing with dogs at the service dog tent! They hope to continue to be active with Special Olympics as they make the transition from high school to adulthood!

Sydie and Olivia with two fellow YLE participants in Seattle for the 2018 USA Games

Learn more about what Sydie, Olivia, and many youth pairs across the country accomplished during the Youth Leadership Experience by clicking HERE.