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Greater Topeka 20 Under 40: Allison Nichols

Greater Topeka 20 Under 40: Allison Nichols

Photo by Nathan Ham

Age: 21

Hometown: Topeka, KS

Role Model:

My mom is my role model because she believes in me.

Best Advice Ever Received:

“To have fun and do your best.” Advice from my mom.

Accomplishment Most Proud Of:

Becoming a Global Messenger so I can spread the word about Special Olympics.

Favorite Thing About Humanity:

Caring about other people.

WOW Factor:

Athlete in the Special Olympics of Kansas.

Profiled in MVP Sports Magazine.

Has Down syndrome and serves as a spokesperson for others with mental and physical disabilities.

“Allison’s strengths of Caring, Competing and Confidence are spot on. She loves a challenge, is contagiously enthusiastic, and instantly welcomed where ever she goes. She has proven that all leaders are not “typical,” some have a “different ability,” but don’t make it a disability. With her different abilities she is a role model that any young person could look up to.”

- Donna Zimmerman

Senior VP Public Relations/Communications

Special Olympics of Kansas

“While it is relatively easy to train people to develop technical skills, leadership is one of those intangibles that requires a predisposition toward service. Allison is undoubtedly predisposed to lead and to serve.”

- Adfllan L. Henderson


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