For the past five years, Edward Palumbo has played both basketball and soccer as part of Springbrook’s Special Olympics program. Edward is an independent self-advocate. He is a homeowner, an active member of the Oneonta community, and a multi-sport athlete. Edward chose to participate in Springbrook’s Special Olympics program as a means to meet people, stay active, and experience the world. His busy schedule didn’t stop him from taking the time to share his Springbrook moments with us.
Edward purchased his home in the east end of Oneonta in the 1990s. Owning his house is a significant point of pride for Edward, and he was especially sure to point out the beautiful view from his front porch.
Ed Spencer has been Edward’s neighbor for over 20 years. When asked about his neighbor, Mr. Spencer replied, “Edward is an awesome neighbor! I wouldn’t trade him for anyone. He looks out for my property when I’m not around, and I do the same for him. That’s what neighbors do!”
As a lifelong lover of sports, Edward was thrilled when he discovered that he could be a part of the Springbrook Scorpions Special Olympics athletics program. Any athlete with a disability can become a part of the Springbrook Scorpions, regardless of whether or not they receive services from the organization. Edward joined both the soccer and basketball teams in 2014.
As the Sweeper for the Springbrook Scorpions Soccer team, Edward and his powerful kick play an integral role in the team’s defense. After winning a gold medal at a regional soccer tournament in 2017, the Scorpions Soccer team represented the State of New York at The Special Olympics USA Games in Seattle, Washington, in 2018. Edward helped the team earn a bronze medal. “The trip [to Seattle] was amazing. I feel proud to be part of such a great team.”
When the soccer season comes to a close, and the shin guards get put away, Edward turns his attention to basketball. As a member of the Springbrook Scorpions Basketball team, Edward is a threat on the court—both on offense and defense—and he plays each game with sportsmanship, integrity, and enthusiasm.
Edward has chosen Springbrook’s Special Olympics Athletics program not only because he loves sports, but also because he trusts the organization. When asked how he feels about Springbrook, Edward said, “One of the things that sets Springbrook apart is the heart that this place has. It’s a very good organization, and I trust Springbrook immensely.”
Many thanks to Ed for sharing his community connections and what being a Springbrook Scorpion means to him!
While Edward’s story is uniquely his own, it is not the only story of its kind at Springbrook. The people we support work hard every day to improve the quality of their lives, and we are proud to be a part of every single moment, both large and small.