Bob Molloy- SONC Athlete of the Month – August 2013

Bob Malloy giving his all in the running long jump at the Transylvania County Spring Games.

Bob Malloy giving his all in the running long jump at the Transylvania County Spring Games.

There’s just one word to describe Special Olympics athlete Bob Molloy of Transylvania County, “Active” with a capital “A”!   Molloy is 60 years young and competes in four different sports – athletics (track & field), basketball, bocce and bowling.  He found Special Olympics just five years ago when he moved to Brevard from Hendersonville and went from living independently to a group home.

“He lives for Special Olympics,” said Edie Crowell, Molloy’s group home resident manager.  “It has really impacted his life.  He’s more outgoing and confident and he’s always trying to enlist others to join him. I’m jealous!  I’m six years younger than him and he can do a whole lot better than me!”

“I try to keep on moving,” said Molloy, who is employed by Ingles, a local grocery store. He volunteers with the Knights of Columbus and other various charities in town. He also visits the library several times a week. “If I sit down, then it’s only to write my stories. After state basketball, a lady asked me if I was 40. Ha! I just said thank you.”

Molloy is a prolific writer, who documents his life experiences just about every day.  He shares his stories by mailing copies to family, friends and fellow Special Olympics athletes and coaches.  He writes about his competitions and keeps logs of statistics from games and awards he’s won as well as those of other athletes from his county.  He also details his vacations over the years and collects photos from all his outings.  He saves his stories in scrapbooks and stores them in filing cabinets.

“We jokingly refer to him as the packrat,” said Crowell.  “It’s impressive.  In fact, last summer he hurt his right wrist during the (SONC) Summer Games in Raleigh. It wasn’t broken but couldn’t be used for about six weeks so he learned to write with his left hand just so he could continue to write his stories!”

The story on Molloy is simply that he loves sports and is quite competitive.  It’s his goal to win gold medals at the state level in all the sports in which he participates.

“You might chew your fingernails off when you hear this,” said Molloy about his long jump competition at the 2013 SONC Summer Games.  “The gold was 8.300 and second place was 6.600 and that was me.  It was so close just 3 more inches and we would’ve tied for the gold!  But in bocce last year, we did win gold and I hope we go back-to-back.”

No doubt, Molloy has the headline composed for his team’s upcoming bocce season!  But before that can be written, he needs to celebrate having made the headlines himself as the Special Olympics NC Athlete of the Month for August 2013!

Congratulations Bob Molloy of Transylvania County!

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