Special Olympics Kentucky will send 16 athletes and eight coaches to Shanghai, China, as part of Team USA to participate in the 2007 Special Olympics World Summer Games. The group was introduced as part of a press conference in Bowling Green on Monday, Oct. 23.
Kentucky will send 16 athletes to the Games who will compete in aquatics (swimming), athletics (track and field), basketball, bowling and gymnastics. The bulk of the Kentucky athletes will come from the Bowling Green area thanks to the inclusion of a Bowling Green-based women's basketball team. That team will be one of just two women's basketball teams representing the US at the Games.
Kentucky will be also represented by eight coaches at the Games, the most of any one state. Julie Coon of Harrodsburg will serve as the Team USA head equestrian coach, the second consecutive World Summer Games in which she has served in that capacity (2003 — Dublin, Ireland).
The 2007 World Summer Games will be held Oct. 2-11, 2007 in Shanghai, China. These will be only the second World Summer Games Special Olympics has ever held outside the United States (2003 – Dublin, Ireland). The Games will bring together more than 7,000 Special Olympics athletes from 169 countries and every continent. Competition will be held in 24 sports. More than 40,000 volunteers and 3,500 Games officials are also expected to take part.
The total cost to send Kentucky athletes and coaches to the 2007 World Summer Games is expected to approach $80,000. Anyone interested in helping to support the Kentucky World Games effort financially or wanting more information about the Games should contact Special Olympics Kentucky executive vice president Trish Mazzoni at 800-633-7403 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Special Olympics Kentucky executive vice president Trish Mazzoni (at podium) introduces the Kentucky athletes and coaches who will participate in the 2007 Special Olympics World Summer Games as part of Team USA.
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