LOS ANGELES — Before Jamaal Charles became a national champion at Texas and an all-pro running back with the Chiefs, he competed in the Special Olympics.
Charles spoke during the opening ceremonies Saturday night and spoke about the struggles he faced as a child.
“When I was 10 years old, I competed in the Special Olympics,” Charles said during his speech. “The Special Olympics gave me a chance to discover talents I didn’t know I had. I had trouble reading, I had a learning disability, people made fun of me, but I learned, I can fly.”
Charles said the Special Olympics gave him the confidence he needed to perform better in school and in sports.