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Overlooked local Special Olympian gets his celebration

  • News Mikey Pittman got his celebration — and even a day named after him. The 26-year-old Special Olympian was supposed to be honored at a dinner with other athletes earlier this month, but his name got overlooked. His mother — well known in her community as a staunch supporter of all special needs children — was moved to rectify the situation. Angela Brooks Pittman first took to Facebook, letting her friends know about the oversight, and that she was determined to have a special celebration to mark her son's accomplishments.

Hurtful oversight leads to celebration for Mays Landing man

Hurtful oversight leads to celebration for Mays Landing man - BreakingAC

Angela Brooks Pittman has always fought for her son. Mikey Pittman has cerebral palsy, is developmentally delayed and is legally blind. His prognosis 26 years ago wasn’t good. His mother was even told to say goodbye to him at 2 months old when his stomach ruptured. "He's not supposed to be here," the Atlantic City ... Read more

Mikey Pittman won various metals in bowling along with track and field where, despite his blindness, he runs with an aide. As a child, doctors didn't predict he would live, but his mother proudly talks of how he's flourished. On Wednesday, Atlantic City Council honored him with a plaque and his own day, noting his mother's three decades as a city worker. They declared Oct. 24 "Mikey Pittman Day." Then on Saturday, there was a celebration at Bally's Atlantic City, complete with limo ride and a red carpet. "Mikey got his celebration he deserved and is extremely happy and has been blessed with numerous awards," his mother told BreakingAC. "It was an amazing day." [gallery ids="34059,34056,34058"]

Lynda Cohen

Lynda Cohen founded BreakingAC after working as a local newspaper reporter for more than two decades. She is an NJPA award-winner and was a Stories of Atlantic City fellow.

Wednesday, May 29, 2024
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