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Osgood athlete could be on ESPN

Herald-Tribune - 3/9/2017

Every two years, the world transcends the boundaries of geography, nationality, political philosophy, gender, age, culture and religion to come together for the Special Olympics World Games. Alternating between summer and winter games, this event is the flagship event of the Special Olympics movement, which promotes equality, tolerance and acceptance around the world.

Special Olympics Indiana ? Ripley Ohio Dearborn Counties athlete Chris Perdue, Osgood, will be snowboarding March 14-25 in Austria, where competitions will be held in Graz, Ramsau and Schladming, said Curtis Johnson, Special Olympics Indiana ? Ripley Ohio Dearborn Counties public relations coordinator.

This event could be the world's largest sporting event of the year. Thousands of athletes, coaches, volunteers and supporters attend to see and cheer the skills and accomplishments of people with intellectual disabilities.

The 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games are expected to bring 3,000 athletes of 110 nations to compete.

Special Olympics leaders were very excited to announce that the ESPN and ABC networks will deliver coverage of the Special Olympics World Winter Games 2017 for the first time ever.

ESPN's global television networks and digital media will bring extensive coverage to sports fans and supporters of the Special Olympics movement around the world from March 18-25.

As an official broadcaster of the Special Olympics World Winter Games, ESPN's television coverage will be carried across its networks in the U.S. as well as streamed through WatchESPN and the ESPN App.

Special Olympics (www.specialolympics.org) is an international organization that changes lives by promoting understanding, acceptance and inclusion between people with and without intellectual disabilities. Through year-round athletic training and competition in 26 Olympic-type sports for more than 2.25 million children and adults with intellectual disabilities in more than 150 countries, Special Olympics has created a model community that celebrates people's diverse gifts. Founded in 1968 by Eunice Kennedy Shriver, Special Olympics provides people with intellectual disabilities continuing opportunities to realize their potential, develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage and experience joy and friendship. There is no cost to participate in Special Olympics.

Special Olympics Indiana provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in over 21 Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, reaching over 12,000 athletes across the state. The organization receives no federal or state appropriated funds, is not a United Way agency and relies entirely on corporate, civic and individual donations. For more information about Special Olympics Indiana, call 317-328-2000 or visit www.soindiana.org.

The Special Olympics Indiana ? Ripley Ohio Dearborn Counties program (www.soindiana-rod.org) provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in track and field, aquatics, basketball, bowling, bocce, corn toss, powerlifting, softball, snowshoeing, Alpine skiing, snowboarding, flag football, volleyball and equestrian.

Reaching about 219 children and adults with intellectual disabilities, the program is managed by a group of volunteers who give time to a cause in which they believe. Program coordinator Greg Townsend can answer questions at 812-584-6861 or info@soindiana-rod.org.

 
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