Krista Carstens began competing in Special Olympics in 2013 when she lived in Indiana. She began by playing only softball. Other coaches and friends encouraged her to play even more sports. Shortly after she moved to Mena, Arkansas, she truly learned everything that Special Olympics offers. Now Krista participates in athletics, bocce, softball, and floor hockey. She loves to go to church and help others. Special Olympics has brought a feeling of equal participation and confidence that she can excel at sports. She has gained self-confidence that has allowed her to tell others the impact Special Olympics has had on her life. She states graduating high school and being chosen for Team Arkansas for the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games as her two biggest accomplishments. Now, being chosen for Special Olympics USA is on that list too! When she is not training, you can find her reading, doing arts and crafts, singing, or researching interesting historical moments. Krista is currently employed at the Polk County Development Center. Getting selected for Special Olympics USA was a reward that allows her to check several things off of her bucket list. Attending the Games also shows her she is an athlete and she really can do anything she puts her mind to achieve.
Athlete | Mena, Arkansas