Brady Tanner

2025 Torino World Winter Games Nominated Athlete for Snow Shoeing

Brady of Lawrence is a proud member of the Douglas County Jayhawks and has been a Special Olympics athlete for 42 years. During those 36 years, Brady has competed in bowling, soccer, basketball, powerlifting, cheerleading, volleyball, softball, and track and field.

Brady’s father describes Special Olympics Kansas as Brady’s “life.” He estimates that Brady spends around 250 hours a year training for his sports. “Everything he’s accomplished is because Special Olympics Kansas has been there for him,” said his father. “It’s literally opened up the world to him.”

Competitive settings aren’t unfamiliar for Brady. In 2006, he competed in the USA Games in Ames, Iowa and in 2011, he participated in the Special Olympics World Summer Games in Athens where he received three gold medals and a silver medal. Brady is the first Special Olympics athlete to be inducted into the American Indian Athletic Hall of Fame and the World Association of Benchers and Dead Lifters Hall of Fame. He’s also the first Special Education student to be inducted into the Lawrence High School Hall of Honor.

Brady is looking forward to the competition in Torino. He is always congratulatory towards others when they are successful, and supportive and encouraging when they are not. Most of all, he’s excited for a new adventure with Special Olympics USA. “Without Special Olympics Kansas, none of my accomplishments would be possible,” he said.

Congratulate Brady Tanner in his nomination to compete in the 2025 Torino World Winter Games and consider donating to his fundraising campaign to help support him on his way to Italy!