Special Olympics Wisconsin (SOWI) selected Kenzie Heath of Viroqua as one of 62 athletes to represent Team Wisconsin at the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games in Princeton, New Jersey on June 14-21, 2014. Wisconsin athletes will compete in athletics, aquatics, bocce, bowling, flag football, gymnastics, powerlifting and volleyball.
Heath, who has been involved with SOWI for 10 years, participates in basketball and volleyball. When she’s not training for Special Olympics, Heath volunteers at Viroqua Public Schools, working with Pre-kindergarten and Special Education High School students. She hopes to continue working with young children in the future.
“I am excited to be part of Team Wisconsin,” said Heath. “It will be my first time going to the USA Games and I look forward to meeting new people and making new friendships.”
This will be Heath’s first trip to the USA Games. She will compete in volleyball and will be one of 86 delegates representing Team Wisconsin at the 2014 USA Games in New Jersey.
SOWI will host an official training camp for Team Wisconsin athletes on May 17-18, 2014 at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. The 2014 USA Games will showcase the abilities of athletes with intellectual disabilities, promote the ideals of acceptance and inclusion through sport, and celebrate the transformative power of Special Olympics. A total of 3,500 athletes, 1,000 coaches and delegates, 10,000 volunteers and 70,000 spectators will attend.
Sports competition will be held at venues throughout Mercer County, New Jersey, including Princeton University, Rider University, The College of New Jersey, Mercer County Park and several area private schools. There will be ample opportunities for supporters across the state to show their spirit and join the team through volunteerism, donations and attendance. For more information or to learn more about how you can support a local athlete, visit www.SpecialOlympicsWisconsin.orgUSAGames.