Fort Smith tennis star wins big at 2022 Special Olympics USA

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The Fort Smith tennis star says she won gold at the 2022 Special Olympics USA.

FORT SMITH, Ark. – The town of Fort Smith is home to several scholars, professional athletes and, to add to this list, an Olympic gold medalist. Joshua “Josh” McGuire, is a tennis star who wins big at the American Special Olympics.

“I’m actually on the autism spectrum,” McGuire said. What matters most to him is his love for tennis.

“It’s all about strategy, math and geometry,” McGuire said.

His love for tennis led him to compete on a national court.

“I was successful in getting gold medals, singles and doubles at the Special Olympics USA,” McGuire said.

“It was awesome, Josh is awesome,” said Josh’s coach Brian Pillar, director of tennis for the Western Arkansas Tennis Association.

“He listens well, works really hard, tries hard and always had a great attitude along the way,” Pillar said.

Josh’s face lit up when he remembered his victories during matches.

“The emotions were very happy and celebratory,” McGuire said.

McGuire says winning wasn’t the best part.

“Friendships and Commodore in the American Games was a special time in my life,” McGuire said.

He encourages others not to impose limits on themselves.

“And I would like to let others know that anything is possible on the autism spectrum,” McGuire said. “You can play tennis, you can play anything you can do in life.”

As for Josh, he hopes his parents will let him participate in the world championships, which take place in Germany.

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