By: USA Games Correspondent, tynan gable
The “Fantastic Fantonis”: There could not be a more fitting name for these two young girls that have hearts of pure gold. This is why they are being recognized this week in the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games #ImAGameChanger campaign.
Victoria and Eugenia Fantoni, ages eight and 10, respectively, moved to the Seattle area almost two years ago from their home in Mexico. When Vicky entered the first grade at St. Catherine’s School, she did not speak a word of English. And that’s when she met Kate Vecchiet, an eight-year-old girl with Down syndrome who’s mom Gail describes her as “spunky, determined, and confident.” Kate was Vicky’s first friend at St. Catherine’s, and the girls have been inseparable ever since. In this regard, Kate actually had the opportunity to be a game changer for Vicky, as well; giving her a friend in a new world of uncertainty.