Troy decided to get involved in Special Olympics after being moved by an incident he witnessed in his town. It involved a disabled man who was well-known for riding his bike around the neighborhood. The man on the bicycle had unknowingly veered into the path of a driver who became hostile and yelled angry, hurtful words about the man on his bike and about his disability. Troy felt a deep sense of compassion for the man and in that instant became more aware of the struggles that individuals with disabilities often face and how they can be misunderstood and disregarded.
Since that incident, Troy became actively involved in Special Olympics as a Unified Sports partner. Now through his academic and professional pursuits, Troy plans on becoming a teacher. He is currently studying Exercise Science with a concentration on individuals with exceptionalities. At Southern Connecticut State University, Troy also works as a mentor in a transition program for adults with intellectual disabilities.