JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas —
When Jamie Holt first started competing in local Special Olympics events in San Antonio, she was a swimmer. Five years later, the Army & Air Force Exchange service associate was on the world stage as a member of the women’s basketball team representing the USA at the Special Olympics World Games in Abu Dhabi.
The team took the silver medal, beating Japan, Great Britain and the United Arab Emirates. While earning the silver medal was rewarding, Holt, the team’s point guard, mainly appreciated the experience.
“I’m just glad we worked as a team and got the experience to play for the USA,” she said.
Holt has worked as a stocker for the Fort Sam Houston Exchange for about a year. The best part of the job for her is meeting new people.
Her co-workers are excited about Holt’s accomplishments.
“We’re really proud of Jamie,” said Exchange stockroom foreman Xavier Carter, Holt’s supervisor. “We love having her as part of the Exchange family, and we all had a lot of fun cheering her on from home.”
Holt is not one to rest on her laurels. Her next goal is to compete as a swimmer in the 2023 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Berlin.