Claudia’s Bio

CJ is an athlete for Special Olympics and enjoys playing basketball, spending time with friends, and working out. She works full time at a hospital in Grand Rapids assisting with surgical patients. CJ has been a student of Noorthoek Academy for 4 years and likes to meet new people and learn about new ideas. CJ has a goal to live independently. She was recently chosen to represent Michigan athletes on a campaign to raise money for the new Special Olympics facility in Grand Rapids. She is proud to say that she never gives up!

Claudia’s Poetry

Embrace Love

Love can be many different things.
Friendship and family.
It is the best feeling.
Embrace love when you can.
It feels so good.

Family Wedding

New Year's Eve.
The building is full of twinkly lights.
Family and friends gathered together.
The wedding was beautiful.
Full of laughter and joy.
Delicious food.


My job at Butterworth
is great.
A loving family who supports me
in everything I do.
Close friends.
A neighborhood full of people.
I am an ambassador for the Special Olympics.
My life is fulfilled.

Pure Happiness

Dad’s jokes in the car make me smile
when we drive home from the Medical Mile.

I feel ecstatic when they cheer from the stands,
jumping up and down and clapping their hands.

Butterflies in my stomach when he comes close,
unless he ate onions, because that smells gross.

Sweet kitty purring as she sleeps,
happy dreams of pounces and leaps.

Gift time with friends brings joy.
We can have fun without boys!

Love can be many different things,
because of the pure happiness it brings.