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Special Olympics athlete also hosts his own TV show

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A metro Detroit Special Olympics athlete is training for the USA Games, but he's used to being under pressure and in the spotlight. Ryan Gray also hosts his own tv show.
"The hardest part about being a host, Deena, is thinking about the questions. The questions, right, making sure we adapt the questions to our guests," he says.

Ryan, 33, always dreamed of being an investigative reporter, so he took a class and eventually asked to host a community access TV show with his buddies, David and Erin.

Now, once a month, he and his peers produce "Community Corner" at Lake Orion's public access TV station.

Seventy-seven shows later, they've learned as much as they've taught.

"I think they teach people who watch their program that they're intelligent, they're witty; they're charming; they're funny; and that comes across on their television program and they have opinions that matter," says Joe Johnson from Orion ONTV.

Ryan's mom, Pam Gray thinks that, "it focuses on their abilities and it allows them to see themselves in a great light."
When Ryan isn't honing his TV skills, he's perfecting his swing as he loves golf. Because of that love, he's been selected to represent Michigan in the sport of golf at the USA Games in New Jersey.

Whether through golf or any other sport, Special Olympics wants to to lead a change in understanding and acceptance of persons with intellectual disabilities. 
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