Meet Jackie Hoch
banner | February 28th, 2017
Jackie has been involved in Special Olympics for 28 years after competing with her school in a local bowling tournament. Jackie is an all-around athlete, training and competing in 8 sports including Alpine Skiing which is her favorite sport and what she competed in at the 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games in Austria last month. Jackie was the first Special Olympics USA athlete to win a medal! She won Bronze and a Gold!
In 1996, Jackie and her family lived in Pennsylvania, where Jackie was named as Female Athlete of the Year. Jackie was invited to recite the Athlete Oath with Penn State head football coach, Joe Paterno and his wife, Sue. There were more than 2,000 people there including the entire Penn State football team!
Mary Sue, Jackie’s mom, says that being in Special Olympics has made a huge impact on her daughter and their family. “Our family comes together and enjoys watching Jackie participate in all the sports, we are a very close family and this gives us one more opportunity to get together and celebrate all of Jackie’s accomplishments.” The entire family traveled to Princeton, New Jersey to watch Jackie compete in track and field at the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games.
Jackie says she’s so proud and excited that she represented Special Olympics South Carolina and Special Olympics USA and she’s grateful for such an awesome opportunity. This was her first World Games and she loved traveling to a new country! When Jackie isn’t training, she holds a job at a local workshop through the Florence County Disabilities and Special Needs Department.