Sharon “Lee” Dockins of Russellville, Kentucky, has competed with Special Olympics for 24 years, gymnastics being her main sport. She will represent Special Olympics USA in rhythmic gymnastics. Special Olympics has given Lee a sense of confidence and has made her stronger. She’s had the opportunity to travel, meet new people and make many friends along the way. At the age of 4, Lee underwent open-heart surgery. Following her procedure, she began taking classes in gymnastics and ballet. Competing in gymnastics, she has attended four Special Olympics World Games and four Special Olympics USA Games.
Lee was chosen as one of five representatives to be featured in a Smithsonian Institute exhibit at the National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C., commemorating the 50th anniversary of the first Special Olympics International Summer Games. In 2022, she was featured on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” proudly sharing the many successes of her career with Special Olympics. Representing Special Olympics USA in the Special Olympics World Games Berlin 2023, she is looking forward to adding to her collection of more than 200 medals.