This is a remarkable portrait of my friend Marty Sheets, with Eunice Kennedy Shiver, which hangs in the National Gallery of Art in Washington. Marty, 60, will be enshrined in the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame on Thursday, part of the hall’s 50th induction class, for his long participation in Special Olympics World Competition. He won more than 250 medals in local, state, national and world competitions. He won seven medals at six Special Olympics World Games, including the inaugural Games at Chicago’s Soldier Field in 1968.
Marty is a long-time member of First Baptist Church - Greensboro. Tragically, in recent years, dementia has robbed Marty of far more than Downs syndrome ever did.
Marty's father Dave, long-time manager of Thalheimers in Greensboro, and tremendously effective with Marty over the years, says dementia will stop Marty from standing at a podium and speaking on induction day as he receives this high honor. A stellar and productive member of the community over the years, having worked for 30+ years at Thalheimers himself, all of Greensboro should be immensely proud of Marty Sheets. He is an inspiration, to say the least.