Shannon Bream to Go 'Over the Edge' to Raise Funds for Special Olympics; Athlete Ashley Counts Describes Her Experience
Shannon Bream along with Peter Doocy and their producer will rappel off a building in Arlington, Virginia for a good cause. “Over the Edge” is a program that teams up with organizations to raise money and create awareness. They’ll be participating to help raise money for the Special Olympics and today Ashley Counts, who is a Special Olympics athlete and messenger for the organization, joined America’s News HQ.
Bream admitted she’s nervous but Counts reassured her that “once you get over that edge it’s smooth sailing. I mean the view is beautiful and I think as long as you take your time and you observe your surroundings, you’ll enjoy it even more.”
Counts said when she wanted to start playing soccer again, a family friend
told her about the Special Olympics. The impact she said was tremendous and gave her "the confidence to do whatever I want to in life.” Having rappelled down a building and skydived, Counts says, “I guess you could say I’m a daredevil.”
The donations will help athletes be able to compete on the local, national and international level. On her experience competing as an athlete, Counts said, “The first time I scored a point I was so happy because I had never done that in my entire life ... It’s not discriminatory against anyone in the least so I really really enjoy seeing my fellow athletes enjoying life. I mean that’s what Special Olympics is all about -- is seeing past a disability and not being discriminated against.”