Dirk Andrade of Manhattan, Kansas, began his involvement with Special Olympics three years ago, volunteering with athletics, basketball and volleyball. He will represent Special Olympics USA as a Unified partner in volleyball. Through Special Olympics, Dirk has gained a new perspective on the meaning of teamwork, sportsmanship and family. He is proud of the dedication and effort that his team puts into supporting each other.
Dirk is employed as a paraeducator at Susan B. Anthony Middle School. Practicing with his team multiple times per week, he enjoys participating in anything sports-related in his free time. For Dirk, attending the Special Olympics World Games Berlin 2023 is an honor, as he competes alongside his group of amazing teammates and coaches.