SOWI athlete, 2017 Dennis H. Alldridge Hall of Fame inductee, and SOWI Board of Directors member Martha Hill recently added another accomplishment to her already impressive Special Olympics resume.
Hill has been selected from over 200 candidates to serve as one of 12 athletes from around the country on the USA Athlete Input Council.
As a member of the Council, Hill will have an integral role in contributing athletes’ perspectives and ideas to the overall goals and strategies of Special Olympics in the United States as the organization moves into its next 50 years.
“It’s really important, but also a little scary. I hope I can do a good job,” Hill said.
In addition to being inducted into Special Olympics Wisconsin’s Dennis H. Alldridge Hall of Fame during last year’s State Summer Games Opening Ceremony, Hill has served as an International Global Messenger, as the athlete representative on the LETR International Executive Council, on the state LETR Council and as past president of the SOWI Athlete Input Council. She is also the only Special Olympics athlete to have been put on her high school’s Athlete Wall of Fame.
Upon being appointed to the USA Athlete Input Council, Hill received a congratulatory email from SOWI chairman Tim Shriver, who considers Hill his Smile Coach.
Although this is quite the accomplishment, with her trademark humility, Hill is focused on what she can learn from others.
“I know I have a lot to learn from the other council members, and I’m anxious to go through the training and to spend time with them. I hope I can do a good job because it is a big responsibility,” Hill said.
In addition to this opportunity, Hill also has some other exciting things on the horizon. In June she’ll be helping to induct the newest members of the Dennis H. Alldridge Hall of Fame at the 2018 State Summer Games. And later this month, she’ll be running in her fifth Cellcom Green Bay Marathon 5k. Special Olympics Wisconsin is a charity partner for the race and Cellcom recently highlighted Hill in an excellent promotional video.