• Currently championing for $2 million in
funding for Special Olympics in the next
• And much more…
Recently, Frazier took his commitment to
supporting people with intellectual disabilities
a step further by introducing an internship
program in his office that is specifically
available for Special Olympics athletes.
“I wanted to demonstrate to my colleagues
in the Legislature that individuals with
intellectual or developmental disabilities
can be valuable members of their legislative
staffs,” said Frazier. “They can perform a
number of tasks that are helpful to any office.
My goal is to convince more of my colleagues
to offer internships to individuals with
Mark, a 27-year-old from Sacramento, was the
first Special Olympics athlete to experience
this unique opportunity. Mark has been
involved in Special Olympics for more than a
decade and competes in basketball, softball,
track and field, and floor hockey.
“I’ve been in his office for two months now
and I love it,” said Mark, earlier this year. “I
can say right now, I love that guy Frazier.
He means a lot to me. He has taught me
a lot about the government and has even
brought me into meetings about intellectual
disabilities and other things.”
As an intern within Frazier’s office, Mark
has worked two full days per week and has
been tasked with answering the phones,
checking the mail, researching stories about
intellectual disabilities in the news, and other
assignments. He hopes to one day work fulltime
in state government and knows that this
opportunity is a game-changer; not just for
himself, but for others to follow.
“Assemblymember Frazier is proving that
people with disabilities can do more,” said
Mark. “He told me that I’m a trailblazer. I want
to help open more doors for this community.
We’ve opened the door just barely – but I want
to swing it off its hinges.”
Mark, who also works as an Uber driver and
volunteers his time as an elementary school
basketball coach, has “exceeded expectations
in every facet of the job,” according to Frazier,
and played an instrumental role during 2018’s
Special Olympics Day meetings at the State
“He is able to perform complex tasks
efficiently in a high-pressure environment with
a personality that always shines through,” said
Frazier. “He has become a valuable member of
my Capitol office team, and a friend.”
That friendship was demonstrated this
winter, when Mark, in passing, mentioned
his upcoming Special Olympics basketball
tournament. Without hesitation, Frazier asked
for the details and told Mark that he’d be
there to cheer him on.
“Frazier showed up for two of my games
and that meant the world to me,” said Mark.
“Honestly, at the end of that day, I didn’t care
if I came in first or came in last – just by him
being there for me, that was my gold.”
Learn more about Frazier’s impact on
Special Olympics and follow news on the
continued partnership at www.SONC.org.
PHOTO: Assemblymember Jim Frazier (center), welcomed
Special Olympics athlete Mark (second from left) as an intern
in 2018. The two joined Special Olympics Southern California
(SOSC) President & CEO Bill Shumard, SOSC Athlete Dustin
Plunkett and SONC President & CEO David Solo for Special
Olympics Day at the State Capitol.