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Woodsmall earns Special Olympics of Indiana honors

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Shelby Woodsmall is a woman with a heart of gold and ambition to match.

The 28-year-old Crawfordsville woman competes with the local Special Olympics in swimming, volleyball, basketball, softball and bowling.

“She keeps us busy,” her mother, Sarah Woodsmall, said. “I think she is trying to keep us young.”

Shelby has received numerous awards during the decade she has been participating, including earning the mental attitude award after the state games in June. She most recently earned the Area IV Athlete of the Year award in September during the 50th anniversary of the Special Olympics of Indiana. Her bedroom is also ‘ba-dazzled’ with trophies, ribbons and gold medals.

“I like all of the events that I am in,” Shelby said. “Bowling is the hardest event for me, but I am doing better after I finally got my bowling ball cleaned.”

Woodsmall also has taken on the team captain role for their basketball team.

“She includes everyone and inspires her teammates,” Sarah said.

Shelby is heavily involved with many community events. She donates to many organizations every year, multiple times. She has donated so much money to the Animal Welfare League of Montgomery County that the facility has a placed a stone with her name on it in her honor.

“Shelby is recognized all over the community,” Sarah said. “All the time, we would get people that would come to us and ask us if we are Shelby Woodsmall’s parents. It’s never by our first name when they ask, that’s how much of an impact Shelby has. She is just a friendly person.”

Shelby works at the local Jimmy Johns and loves it there. Chances are, if you have ever been to Jimmy Johns in Crawfordsville, you have seen or heard of Shelby with her bubbling personality and her can do attitude.

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