Special K: An athlete beating the odds

  • Kevin Roundtree, 2012 Special Olympics Athlete of the Year, left, hugs his Aunt Virginia Dassaw in his Grandmother's home in Miami on Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013. Dassaw takes care of Roundtree and four of his older siblings who also have special needs. SHANNON KAESTLE / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Teacher Mercy Pena hugs Kevin Roundtree in the cafe area where the kids prep a limited breakfast at Southridge High. Kevin Roundtree, known as Special K, is the 2013 Special Olympics Athlete of the Year. WALTER MICHOT / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Kevin Roundtree brings Southridge High School special education teacher Candy Clarke a cup of coffee. WALTER MICHOT / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Kevin walks the halls serving the teachers breakfast. WALTER MICHOT / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Kevin Roundtree proudly prepares coffee in the morning for the teachers. WALTER MICHOT / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Kevin Roundtree, 2012 Special Olympics Athlete of the Year, watches his teammates play at a softball game while waiting for his turn to hit on Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013, at Tamiami Park in Miami. SHANNON KAESTLE / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Kevin Roundtree, 2012 Special Olympics Athlete of the Year, prepares to hit a softball during a game on Tuesday, Oct. 1, at Tamiami Park in Miami. He made it to second base. SHANNON KAESTLE / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Kevin Roundtree, 2012 Special Olympics Athlete of the Year, left, practices softball before a game with teammate Travious Rhodes on Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013, at Tamiami Park in Miami. SHANNON KAESTLE / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Kevin Roundtree, 2012 Special Olympics Athlete of the Year, runs in to join the rest of his teammates after an inning on Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013, at Tamiami Park in Miami. SHANNON KAESTLE / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Kevin Roundtree, 2012 Special Olympics Athlete of the Year, runs to second base after hitting a ball at his softball game on Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013, at Tamiami Park in Miami. SHANNON KAESTLE / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Kevin Roundtree, 2012 Special Olympics Athlete of the Year, prepares to throw a softball during a game on Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013, at Tamiami Park in Miami. SHANNON KAESTLE / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Kevin Roundtree (center), 2012 Special Olympics Athlete of the Year, hands off a piece of equipment to a fellow teammate on Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013, at Tamiami Park in Miami. Roundtree is in charge of handling the equipment for the team. SHANNON KAESTLE / MIAMI HERALD STAFF