Hall of Fame
For more than 40 years, Ricardo Thornton, Sr. has participated in virtually every sports program offered by Special Olympics DC (SODC) and has served on its Board of Directors. He has represented SODC at various World Games and travelled throughout the world promoting the Special Olympics mission and values to leaders such as former South Africa president Nelson Mandela.
He and his wife, Donna, have been married for 29 years and have a son, Ricky, Jr., who is 25 years old. They also are proud grandparents.
Ricardo and Donna are former residents of the District’s institution for people with intellectual disabilities, Forest Haven. A CBS Television movie, “Profoundly Normal,” was made about their lives and depicted the challenges they faced as one of the District of Columbia’s first couples with intellectual disabilities to get married.
Ricardo serves on the Developmental Disabilities Council, Quality Trust, other Boards and committees, and as an international ambassador with Special Olympics.
Sports: Basketball, Bocce, Bowling, Golf, Soccer, Speed Skating, Swimming, Tennis, Track & field, Volleyball
Born in Washington, D.C., Lindsey Wilkes was always an active child. He started with sports activities at Camp Shriver at the age of five and has never stopped playing. He attended the Joseph P. Kennedy Institute for children with disabilities and became a Special Olympics athlete at age eight. His favorite sports are swimming and track & field but he has played nearly all of the sports offered. Lindsey excelled at track, running the 400 and 200 meter races, qualifying to compete on the world stage three times.
World Summer Games medal winner: 1995: New Haven, Connecticut, 1999: Raleigh, North Carolina, and 2003: Dublin, Ireland. At the age of 60, he still runs the 200 meter races in the DC Summer Games, and shows no sign of slowing down.