Special Olympics DC athlete Saint Anthony Taylor considers himself to be a “professional Special Olympics athlete.”

One glance at Saint’s resume proves this. Saint has been a Special Olympics athlete for over 5 years, first beginning his career as a student at H.D. Woodson High School in Southeast DC. While at Woodson, Saint’s flag football team competed at the NIRSA Regional Tournament against rosters full of adult athletes. Saint then led the 2022 Team DC flag football team to a Silver Medal at the 2022 USA Games as quarterback, falling to a seasoned Team NJ by just one point in the National Championship game.

This December, Saint will travel with the Georgetown and Special Olympics DC Unified flag football team to the College Unified National Championship, with sights set on a Gold Medal.

Saint’s strength lies not only in his sport-knowledge and strategy, but also in his attitude and spirit. SODC Flag Football Coach Nathan says, “Saint Anthony is a leader and a role model. His passion for the game and commitment to guiding his teammates make him and inspiration both on and off the field.”

Saint works as a full-time lifeguard in Maryland, and in his free time, works on his fitness and prepares for upcoming Special Olympics seasons. Saint watches film from previous Special Olympics games every day to learn from mistakes and understand the game better.

Saint says, “I know my disability and I want to show everyone that that doesn’t matter when I play the sport I love.”

The Night of Trees is known for its silent and live auction, fun band and crowd, and Special Olympics athlete-host. Best of all, all funds raised at the Gala go directly towards Special Olympics DC’s year-round sports, health, education, and inclusion programming.

Saint will join ESPN’s Victoria Arlen on the mic at the 2023 Night of Trees Gala for a truly inclusive and fun night! Don’t miss out on the fun — grab your ticket or purchase your table today to support athletes like Saint Anthony.

Can’t make it to the Gala but still want to support? No problem! Head to sodcgala.org to place your bid on this year’s auction items.