Happy Father’s Day
from Craig & Katherine Miguel
Married to long-time SOOR coach and volunteer for Clackamas County, Cindy, Craig Miguel has been around Special Olympics for more than 20 years. Eight years ago, Craig became more personally involved, coaching their daughter Katherine in both athletics and basketball. Their Clackamas Stallions team recently won a silver medal at the regional basketball tournament at the University of Portland.
While the silver medal was a high point, Craig’s favorite memory recalls another time that the family gathered on the UP campus – to celebrate Katherine’s high school graduation. He and Cindy were so proud to watch Katherine grow to achieve this milestone. They adopted Katherine through the foster care system and have been a part of her life since she was 11 years old.
Craig and Katherine agree that one of their favorite Special Olympics moments was dancing “and just letting their hair down” at the Summer State Games in Newberg with fellow teammates, coaches, and other athletes. Craig has helped recapture some of those memories during recent Special Olympics Oregon Virtual Dance Parties which are part of the menu of on-line offerings available through the SOOR Active At Home Fitness Community. He even sets up theater lights and a disco ball in their living room to elevate the experience. Evidenced by the smile on Katherine’s face, you can tell that she approves.
When asked about the ways he hopes to positively influence his daughter as a father and a coach, Craig believes that instilling an ethic of perseverance and kindness is important.
“Failure may come, but keep trying. Practice does not make perfect, but it makes permanent. Work hard and be good to others.”
– Craig Miguel
Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there who are making a difference in the lives of our athletes, Unified partners, coaches, volunteers, and supporters.