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William Mullican has been working on his game for several years now and will be heading to the 2014 Special Olympics USA games.
The Pflugerville teen has been involved in Special Olympics since he was just 7-years-old but his golf skills finally punched his ticket to the games. Coaching him along the way is Amy Weisenhutter.
“I tell ya, it’s been a dream of mine and so that dream is now becoming a reality so I can’t even tell you, my heart is just overfilled with joy,” Weisenhutter said.
William is the first athlete from Pflugerville to ever go to Special Olympics. Mom, Tammy, loves sports and always wanted her kids to get involved. She tells us Special Olympics and their countless volunteers have had a huge impact on her son.
“It’s been just like a dream,” Tammy Mullican said. “It’s just been incredible. He’s been able to participate in swimming and gold and soccer and basketball and its made him a more confident person.”
Golf is a little different in Special Olympics. Athletes play with a unified partner, and William’s is more than just someone to play golf with.
Chris Wiesenhutter is that partner. He’s been playing golf with William for two years now. In competition, William takes the first shot, then Chris follows.
“I love getting to play with my partner because every shot is an adventure,” Wiesenhutter said. “It’s changed my life, but most importantly its changed my family's life, because now I have almost like a little brother that I get to hang out with.”
So what does William have to say about his upcoming trip?
“I love golf,” William said. “I’m so excited go team Texas.”
They even have their birdie dance ready to go.
“You gotta make it and then we can do the birdie dance okay.”
“Ready? Let’s do it, the beach is that way, do the birdie dance. Good job buddy.”