Game Changer: Athlete Lumene Montissol
By: Jennifer Dowdy
Special Olympics Massachusetts athlete Lumene Montissol often signs her name “Lightning” – a well deserved nickname for this soccer and track star. Known by her teammates and coaches for being one of the fastest athletes on the soccer field and track, Lumene has grown as an athlete and as a person by participating in Special Olympics.
When she was in middle school, Lumene joined Special Olympics and played bocce, basketball, soccer, and track and field. She said joining Special Olympics taught her “determination and sportsmanship,” skills she still uses today. As Lumene got older, she realized that her speed was one of her greatest strengths as an athlete and she quickly excelled at track and field. When she got to high school, she tried out for her high school track and field team. Not only did Lumene make the track team, but she received numerous medals at competitions because of her incredible speed. She’s fast like lightning.
This past summer, Lumene took her soccer skills to the next level by being on the Revolution Unified Soccer Team. Not only did Lumene get to play soccer in front of hundreds of New England Revolution soccer fans at Gillette Stadium, she also traveled with the team to Chicago to play an away game in front of Chicago Fire soccer fans. Lumene shared,“being on the team made me feel like I belong here.” She now has a group of teammates she can call her friends, which she joyfully says, “gives me more confidence.”