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Pittsburg Sends Four to USA Special Olympics Games Officer, Coach and Athletes to Represent Kansas

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Pittsburg, KS – An officer, two athletes and one coach have been selected from Pittsburg to represent TEAM Kansas from June 14-21 at the 2014 USA Special Olympics Games in Princeton, New Jersey. The New Hope Bulldogs will be represented by Coach John Lair and by athletes Cody Pierce and Chevi Peters and Kansas Law Enforcement will be represented by Pittsburg Police Department Officer Chris Moore.

At this year’s USA Games, Pierce will participate in track and field. He will run the 100M and 4x100M Relay, long jump and shot put. Pierce, Special Olympics New Hope Athlete of the Year in 2012, has been involved with Special Olympics for 7 years and says Special Olympics has changed his life by letting him “…participate in sports that I love, and it has helped me come out of my shell and be more social.”

Peters will participate in Powerlifting. He will do the benchpress, deadlift, squat and male combination (bench, deadlift & squat). Peters, a 2010 participant in the Global Messenger Athlete Leadership Program and Special Olympian for 7 years, credits Special Olympics with allowing him to compete in the sports he loves and giving him the opportunity to make new friends and face new challenges. “Being the best powerlifting athlete that I can be makes me feel the best I have ever felt.” And going to the USA Games “…means all my sweat and hard work in the gym has really paid off. I get a chance to...be a national champion.”

John Lair will coach two powerlifters from TEAM Kansas, Peters and Josh Weigel from Topeka. Lair has been recognized as SOKS Coach of the Year, and has represented TEAM USA at the World Games in Athens Greece, National Games in Ames, Iowa and Lincoln, Nebraska. He has coached 4 world champions and 5 National Champion Special Olympians.

The Law Enforcement Torch Run will start the week before the games, and will run through New York, Philadelphia and end in New Jersey. Sgt. Chris Moore of Pittsburg Police Dept., has been involved with the Kansas Law Enforcement Torch Run Activities for 7 years and serves on the Executive Council. Moore stated, “I am honored to represent Kansas Law Enforcement and Special Olympics Kansas at the Torch Run Final Leg and opening ceremonies for the USA Games”

To learn more about the individual athletes attending the 2014 USA Games, or the rest of the delegation, go to www.ksso.org/usagames. From there you can read each of the athletes’ stories or pledge funds to help support their travels to Princeton, New Jersey. For additional information on the USA Games please visit www.2014specialolympics.org

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