JFK Student Invited to Participate in Special Olympics
Local athlete Derrick Rose will be participating in the Special Olympics this summer in South Korea, as part of the only US floor hockey team.
Rose is a student in John F. Kennedy Middle College’s Adult Life Skills Program and works part-time at Joann’s Fabrics in Corona. Rose joined the Special Olympics team in 2011; In addition to field hockey, Rose plays basketball, bocce ball and bowling.
“Derrick is a wonderful student and a great athlete,” said Raquel Patterson, Kennedy Middle College Adult Life Skills teacher. “I am so very proud of him and cannot be more excited.”
Patterson hopes Rose brings back his personal experiences from South Korea to share with his classmates and his teammates, “making the breadth of the world more of a reality to those of us who have not had the opportunity to travel.”
The JFK school community has shown its support of Rose by putting his name and picture up on the marquis.“Derrick is an outstanding young man who always gives his best, no matter what he’s doing,” said Patterson. “He’s the ultimate teammate – modest and gracious, and always thinking about what is best for the team.”