Greater Topeka 20 Under 40: Allison Nichols
Photo by Nathan Ham
Hometown: Topeka, KS
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.
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
Topeka Junior Blues Special Olympics