Mary Berry: Area 17 Athlete Spotlight

April 16, 2020 | Updated: April 21, 2020

Mary Berry


Mary Berry is a Special Olympics Texas athlete from Lubbock, Texas. She has competed with the Lubbock Cooper ISD delegation, the Post ISD delegation, and the Oreo Blast delegation in Area 17 - South Plains.   She started Special Olympics in 2012 when her dad encouraged her to play basketball with Post ISD delegation. From there, her passion for Special Olympics exploded giving her the opportunity to compete not only in her favorite sport basketball, but also in, bocce, tennis, bowling, track, aquatics, soccer, and volleyball. Mary has also had the pleasure of participating in several unified sports including basketball, soccer, and volleyball. She has had the opportunity to compete at the local, area, and state levels of competition during her career. However, in the future, Mary hopes to be able to compete at the National and World Games levels! 

Mary has had much success during her time in Special Olympics. She has spoken at the Breakfast with Champions event, been a Texas Dream Athlete, thrown out the first pitch at SOTX/Texas Tech softball game, spoke at many informative and fundraising events, and has won way too many medals to count. She has also participated in LETR events like Tip-a-Cop! Mary currently is in training for the Area 17 Athlete Leadership Program and hopes to become a Global Messenger in the future. She believes that Special Olympics has been a very positive impact on her life. It has given her the opportunity to meet amazing people, make new friends and coaches, and has given her so many chances that she would have never had before. A memory that she will never forget is holding the area banner during opening ceremonies and competing at the state games. Mary currently attends Lubbock Cooper High School and hopes to continue to grow with Special Olympics.


Fun Facts about Mary

Random Surprise Fact: I have a twin sister and we are both adopted.
Best Advice Given: Have fun & do your best!
Favorite Hobbies: Traveling, crafts, cooking, & dancing
Favorite Band/Singer: Hillsong United / Lauren Daigle
Favorite Hero/Idol: Jesus
Favorite Sports Teams: Texas Tech Red Raiders
Favorite Food: Dad's Fried Rice or Bacon Cheeseburger
Favorite Place to Visit: Disney World
Favorite Movie/TV Show: Miracles from heaven / Big Brother & Survivor
Favorite thing about Special Olympics: Being a part of a team & making new friends