---- — CONCORD — Gov. Maggie Hassan greeted members of Special Olympics Team New Hampshire at the Statehouse Monday and helped to generate excitement as they continue training ahead of the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games in Princeton, N.J., June 14-21.
Special Olympics New Hampshire officially announced the 39 athletes who will represent Team New Hampshire in eight of 16 Olympic-style events over the week of competition.
Local participants include John “Cory” Remillard of Derry in powerlifting, Janice Knepp of Londonderry in basketball, James Towle of Chester in aquatics and Lorrie Strand of Chester in bowling,
“You just represent New Hampshire so well and I’m proud to be your governor,” Hassan told the athletes on Monday.
For many of the athletes, the USA Games are an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to compete on the national stage and develop friendships with other athletes from around the country.
The state’s delegation of 56 people represents athletes, Unified partners, coaches and volunteers.
In addition to sports competition, the 2014 USA Games will highlight Special Olympics’ work in education, school enrichment, health and communities including special events and programs such as opening and closing ceremonies, a Young Athletes Festival, Healthy Athletes program screenings and symposiums addressing health, youth leadership and more. Delegates will also enjoy recreational and cultural programs introducing them to the culture and history of the New Jersey/New York area.
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