Maciej Litkowiec

Coach • Clinton Township, MI • Alpine Skiing

Maciej Litkowiec’s teaching career began in physical education, but a job change that included a switch to adaptive physical education soon set him on an unexpected path that led to Special Olympics. “I love the athletes. I deal with students with intellectual disabilities on a daily basis and I just love it. I could go on and on,” said Litkowiec. Maciej first got connected with Special Olympics in 2007, helping to coach at the local and state levels. Then in 2010, Michigan named him its head aquatics coach for the USA Games in Lincoln, Nebraska. A year later, Maciej joined Special Olympics USA’s aquatics coaching staff for the World Summer Games in Athens, Greece. And now, a second World Games opportunity awaits him as an assistant alpine skiing coach for the Special Olympics USA World Games in Austria. “It’s an honor. I can’t wait to meet all of our athletes. They just have a phenomenal attitude and you can learn from them being positive, being persistent, so that’s what’s keeps me going.”

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