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Neillsville's Desiree Heck To Represent Wisconsin

Monday, June 9th, 2014 -- 10:29 AM

Special Olympics Wisconsin ( SOWI) selected Desiree Heck of Neillsville as one of 62 athletes to represent team Wisconsin at the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games in Princeton New Jersey June,14-21 2014.

Wisconsin athletes will compete in athletics, aquatics, bocce, bowling, flag football,gymnastics,powerlifting and volleyball, Heck,who has been involved with SOWL for eight years participates in bowling, alpine skiing, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. When she's not training for SOWL Heck works at the local Subway and volunteers at her church. She recently earned her state future farmers of America FFA degree and keeps herself busy with FFA projects.

Heck said that Special Olympics has given her the chance to learn and compete in different sports. She also said that it has also given her the chance to travel and make new friends. This will be Heck's first trip to the USA Games where she will compete in bowling.

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.Special OlympicsWisconsin.org/USA Games.

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