Kasey and Mallory Morris are a part of history. The Morris kids were the first set of quintuplets born in Kansas. Mallory was actually born 3 days before the other 3 girls and boy. Their brother died 17 days after birth. They have two sisters, Holly and Jordan. The quintuplets were born prematurely and each weighed only a pound and a few ounces. After many months in the NICU as well as many surgeries, blood transfusions, and scares, they were able to go home about 3 months after birth.
Kasey is the tomboy, Mallory is the loud and funny one, Holly is the leader, and Jordan is the quiet brain. In high school, Holly and Jordan had their own activities such as dance team and yearbook. Many times, Mallory and Kasey felt left out because they knew they had challenges that didn’t always allow them to keep up with their sisters.
So, when they met their high school math teacher, who was also the head coach of the Manhattan Special Olympics team, she encouraged them to get involved. Special Olympics Kansas (SOKS) gave Mallory and Kasey their own place to belong! It allows them to participate at their own level and gives them a challenge and a sense of achievement.
According to Mallory, “Special Olympics has become such a big part of our lives on a weekly basis in such a positive and awesome way!” Even if they don’t win, they know they gave their best effort and their friends and family are always there to cheer them on. Special Olympics has given them confidence and has brought them out of their comfort zone. They have even become more social and have learned so much about themselves. In 2014, Mallory & Kasey completed the Global Messenger Training with SOKS and are promoting SOKS now through speeches and events.
According to Kasey, “Special Olympics is a remarkable organization to be involved with.” She encourages everyone to see athletes compete, volunteer time at a competition or fundraiser, or get involved as a coach. “I can promise you won’t regret it – it will be an awesome experience for you too!”