The 38th Spirit of the Games Award winner will be coming soon.
The previous year’s 37th Spirit of the Games Award winner was Ardrena Bailey.
U.S. Army Veteran
This year’s recipient is described as passionate, kind and humble. Whether excelling in sports or powering through the adversities of everyday life, this athlete is the ultimate optimist and inspiration.
Ardrena began competing in the National Veterans Wheelchair Games in 1997 after an MS diagnosis, and this Army Veteran has never lost her enthusiasm or her drive. Even during this year’s games, after earning gold in bowling and gold again in discus, she continued competing in boccia. As soon as she got off the court, she turned to her coach, and said she was going to immediately go out, get a new set and get better. It is that drive and persistence that led her coach Colleen to nominate her. Colleen said, “She is always at every one of her teammates’ events, and even though she wins, she never focuses on that. Instead, she talks about their medals and their successes. She is not afraid to meet new people and loves to tell them about the Games. She is always excited and she inspires me every day with her passion and contagious big smile. She is a fierce competitor and a shining example of living life without limits.”