Special Olympian tuned to take another ‘Plunge’

SUSSEX COUNTY – Sasha Hudson’s dream is tuned to radio.

Someday, he would like to be a radio announcer.

“Play by play … and voice overs,” insists the 21-year-old Sussex Countian.


Sasha Hudson is a Special Olympics Delaware multi-sport athlete who enjoys competition, conversation and radio air time. He plans to take another plunge in the Polar Bear Plunge for Special Olympics Delaware in February.

Sasha Hudson is a Special Olympian. He is one of the several thousand Delawareans who compete in the sports and programs provided through Special Olympics Delaware.

Having graduated from the ranks of Howard T. Ennis School in Georgetown, he now puts skills to work at Chimes Delaware’s Irvin & Phyllis Levin Center in Millsboro – an 8,000 square foot non-profit facility on U.S. 113 that provides day, vocational and residential services for people with cognitive disabilities.

This February, Sasha plans to take another plunge – part of the wave of support generated by the Polar Bear Plunge for Special Olympics Delaware.

Here is Sasha Hudson, who enjoys competition, conversation, sports and Special Olympics.

You’ve been competing in Special Olympics since elementary school. What are some of your most memorable highlights?

“I’m a three-time Special Olympics champion.”

Do you have any favorite sports?

“Bowling, basketball and track and field; bowling is my favorite. I do the tournaments, usually. Doubles, I bowl with a friend.”

There is a family coaching connection to basketball and the Sussex Riptides?

“My step-dad coaches – Robert Bailey.”

How about track and field?

“I do the 50 meters, 100 meters and long jump. And we won the sportsmanship award!”

Sportsmanship: What does that mean to you?

“It’s going to different events every year and competing hard … and you always shake other person’s hand. You help them out.”

What recollection do you have of your first Polar Bear Plunge, back in 2014?

“It was cold weather, I don’t like cold weather. I like warm weather and 80 degrees. I have been jumping in the very, very cold water for three years.”

What is it like jumping in that cold water?

“Last year I jumped in a snow-covered beach – because it is for a great cause to raise money for the athletes.”

How far did you ‘plunge’ into the ocean?

“Up to my ankles …”

How about this year’s Polar Bear Plunge; are you doing anything special to prepare?

“I am just looking at the costumes …”

What do like most about Special Olympics?

“It impacts me greatly: the thrill of victory, the exciting competitions all year long and mostly to keep me healthy and fit. The volunteers who help make every effort to make the experience amazing. From the opening ceremony to the final medal of every single event that we go to, everybody is excited to see Delaware’s best athletes compete for Special Olympics gold, silver and bronze medals at awards ceremonies at every Special Olympics event, every special Olympics Delaware competition.”

“At bigtime events like the Special Olympics Delaware Summer Olympics Games in Newark, the exciting Fall Festival to summer camp at Camp Barnes in Bethany Beach Delaware, we are always busy doing stuff within our communities.”

“So check it out. If you come to one of our events, you will be amazed by the proud sponsors, the athletes and our wonderful volunteers that work hard to make these programs a success.”

You have done radio before, including booth time with Jon Buzby, Special Olympics Delaware’s Director of Media Relations/Program Innovations. That’s your dream job someday?

“I want to be on the radio – play-by-play and game announcer. I can do voice over work. I would be good at the radio station.”

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