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Local Coach & Athletes Named to TEAM USA

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Coach John Lair Coach John Lair
Cody Pierce Cody Pierce
Chevi Peters Chevi Peters
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Special Olympics Kansas (SOKS) is proud to announce that four athletes and two coaches have been named to Special Olympics Team USA. The delegation will represent the United States at the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games, being held July 25­ - August 2, 2015, in Los Angeles, California.

Three of the individuals are from Pittsburg. This includes SOKS athlete Chevi Peters who will compete in Power Lifting and Pittsburg Coach John Lair will serve as Team USA's Assistant Power Lifting Coach. In addition, Cody Pierce is one of 10 athletes from across the World who will join the Law Enforcement Torch Run® Final Leg.

Peters has been competing in 16 sports for the past seven years. He works as a line cook at EOC and also volunteers at the local HCBS. Going to the World Games means everything to Peters. “It means all my hard work has really paid off in the gym. I get the chance to train to be a world champion.”

Pierce has been an athlete for 14 years, and a runner for the past 12 years. He is one of only 10 athletes from the world selected to run in the Final Leg. “I can't explain the emotion and pride I feel representing my fellow athletes and my friends in law enforcement. I would like to thank everyone that got me to this point that has made my life so much better.” said Pierce. Athletes from Italy, New Zealand, Jamaica and U.S.A. were selected for the Final Leg.

Coach John Lair has been watching athlete Chevi Peters prepare for this world-level competition. “This has been Chevi's dream for the past six years to compete at the World Games,” said Lair. “He understands the work that needs to be done for this type of competition.”

Additional persons from Kansas who will be competing or participating in the World Games include: SOKS athletes Casey Hostetler of Wichita and Michael Bottom of Hutchinson both competing in Tennis. SOKS Coach Sid Kanter of Leawood is the Head Tennis Coach for Team USA, and Detective Kristi Powell of the Topeka Police Department will represent Kansas in the Final Leg of the Torch Run.

The U.S “home team” will include 304 athletes competing in 17 sports, 102 volunteer coaches, and 42 volunteer sports and management team members, representing all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Special Olympics Team USA Head of Delegation and CEO of Special Olympics Kansas Chris Hahn said, “This a once in a lifetime opportunity for these athletes to demonstrate their athletic abilities, competing at the highest level on the world stage, and to have life and cultural experiences that will stay with them for the rest of their lives. Hahn added, “I encourage every American to cheer on these inspiring athletes, to share in their triumphs and to take pride in knowing that they will represent our country with excellence and honor.”

To support any of the Kansas athletes attending, www.ksso.org/world-games

More than 7,000 athletes from 17 nations will compete in 25 Olympic type sports at the 2015 World Games, which marks the 14th Special Olympics World Summer Games. These sports include: Aquatics, Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Beach Volleyball, Bocce, Bowling, Cycling, Equestrian, Golf, Gymnastics, Judo, Kayaking, Half Marathon, Open Water Swim, Power Lifting, Roller Skating, Sailing, Softball, Soccer, Table Tennis, Team Handball, Triathlon and Volleyball.

With an anticipated 30,000 volunteers and 500,000 spectators, the 2015 Special Olympics World Games will be the largest sports and humanitarian event anywhere in the world in 2015, and the single biggest event in Los Angeles since the 1984 Olympic Games.

Official sponsors for Special Olympics Team USA include Finish Line, Champion, The Coca­ Cola Company, Tommie Copper, Midwest Trophy Manufacturing, KPMG – Golf team sponsor, Mattel – Cycling team sponsor and Speedo USA – Swimming team official supplier.

To learn more about Special Olympics Team USA and to follow the team to the World Games, visit www.specialolympicsteamusa.org, follow on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SOTeamUSA, Twitter @SOTeamUSA, Instagram: SOTeamUSA

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