Alexis Colston of Manhattan, Kansas, was introduced to Special Olympics six years ago and has participated as a coach and Unified partner in athletics, basketball and volleyball. She will represent Special Olympics USA as a Unified partner in volleyball. Through Special Olympics, she has learned to become a successful leader and, in turn, how to follow the lead of others. In 2022, she represented Special Olympics Kansas in the Special Olympics USA Games as a Unified partner in volleyball.
A senior at Southern New Hampshire University, Alexis has worked as a paraeducator for the past nine years. When she is not practicing with her team, she is exploring her interests of music, dance and art. Alexis is inspired by her mother, from whom she learned the importance of perseverance. That sense of perseverance paid off as she prepares to compete in the Special Olympics World Games Berlin 2023.