Michael Carpenter of Manhattan, Kansas, has competed with Special Olympics for 18 years, participating in athletics, basketball, flag football and volleyball. He will represent Special Olympics USA in volleyball. Special Olympics challenges Michael to do his best, providing him the opportunity to participate in sports that he loves and meet people from different cities. In 2022, Michael competed in volleyball at the Special Olympics USA Games. Continuing to practice with his Unified team, Michael also competes in a co-recreational league.
Michael became close friends with his greatest role model, Denver Broncos player Dalton Risner, during Dalton’s time playing college football at Kansas State University. Dalton motivates Michael to strive toward his goals, offering advice and support. In his free time, Michael bowls, performs with a local theatre group and volunteers at his church. He is proud to represent his country alongside his Unified volleyball teammates in the Special Olympics World Games Berlin 2023.