In 2019, Kathy Richards, a Special Olympian for more than 52 years, was recognized by the Cal-Nev-Ha Children’s Fund as the 2019 Special Olympics Athlete of the Year.
Nominated by the Kiwanis Club of East Fresno, Kathy has been described as an extraordinary swimmer and skier. Kathy is regularly invited to Special Olympics competitions and has won hundreds of medals . . . more than she can keep count of!
Competing against the country’s best athletes at the Special Olympics Nationals in Washington in 2018, Kathy won two gold medals and one silver medal.
When Kathy isn’t busy being featured on ESPN or representing our country as an award-winning athlete, she is busy serving as the secretary of the Charis Community Aktion Club.
Kathy has been an active member of the club for more than 12 years and is a past distinguished president. The Charis Community Aktion Club has allowed Kathy to serve her community, develop leadership skills, and have a meaningful social outlet.
Kathy Richards undoubtedly carries the passion and drive that demonstrate that you can do anything you put your mind to. Kathy Richards and her remarkable achievements truly exemplify the hard work and dedication needed to be a competitive, top-performing athlete.
Kiwanis clubs throughout the CNH District are encouraged to nominate a local, Special Olympics athlete for the esteemed Special Olympics Athlete of the Year award. The winning athlete is presented with an award at the annual Kiwanis District Convention and receives $250 for their use in Special Olympics.
Nominations for the 2022 Special Olympics Athlete of the Year award are now being accepted and may be submitted on our online submission form by any Kiwanis club within the CNH District. All supporting material must be uploaded when completing the online nomination form. Nominees must be residents of California, Nevada or Hawaii.