Six locals chosen for Special Olympics

Posted: Tuesday, February 06, 2001

Six Juneau athletes will be among the 54 coaches and athletes participating in the 2001 Special Olympics World Winter Games, scheduled for March 4 to 11 in Anchorage.

The six are Carl Behnert, Justin Roberts, Niall BoJohnson, John Magalotti, Evvanne Menefee and Sara Muehlberg.

The games will be the largest international sporting event in the state's history, said Kathy Day, media relations manager for the games.

Special Olympics is an international program of year-round sports training and athletic competition for more than a million developmentally disabled children 8 and older as well as adults. Eunice Kennedy Shriver founded Special Olympics in 1961 shortly after her brother, John F. Kennedy, became president. The first world games were held in Chicago in 1968. The first winter games were held in Colorado in 1977.

People from 79 nations will compete in Anchorage, with a total of 2,373 athletes and coaches. An additional 7,000 people, including spectators, families, officials and guests are expected to attend, Day said.

Competitions include skiing, figure skating, floor hockey, snowboarding, snowshoeing and speed skating.

Sponsors who wish to donate should contact Ben Stevens, president and CEO of the games, at (907) 277-2477. Volunteers may call (907) 277-2497. For more details, check the Web site at

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