Duane Hall of Veazie, Maine, started volunteering with Special Olympics in 1991. What started out as a chaperoning role would lead to a coaching position, membership on the area management team and on the Board of Directors for Special Olympics Maine. He is now certified in coaching Alpine skiing, athletics, basketball, bocce, bowling, cross country skiing, golf, snowshoeing, softball and swimming. He will represent Special Olympics USA as head coach in bowling. This will be his seventh Special Olympics World Games. Duane has also attended five Special Olympics USA Games.
For 32 years, he has been employed by OHI, a Maine-based, private nonprofit organization providing support and services to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. As team coordinator, he supervises managers who oversee group homes. For 28 years, Duane has been a statistician for the University of Maine and is involved in the university’s many athletics teams. He also serves as a high school and college soccer official as well as a board-certified track official. For Duane, being part of Special Olympics USA is an honor. He looks forward to seeing the many successes the athletes will achieve.