Jose Rodriguez (left) with his former Special Olympics coach, Charles Zelinsky (right). (Courtesy StoryCorps)

Jose Rodriguez (left) with his former Special Olympics coach, Charles Zelinsky (right). (Courtesy StoryCorps)

StoryCorps Historias: The Special Olympics changed Jose’s life, now he’s a coach

Jose Rodriguez always had trouble learning, especially reading and writing. In 2003, when he was 13, Jose joined the New Jersey Special Olympics — Olympic games for people with intellectual disabilities.

At StoryCorps, Jose told his former coach, Charles Zelinsky, what his life was like before he found the games.

Recorded in Trenton, NJ.

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