SEATTLE - On June 14 Snohomish County Executive Aaron Reardon will receive Special Olympics Washington athletes Jill Mayer and Kristie Clark of Everett as two Washington state athletes chosen to compete in the Special Olympics 2011 World Summer Games in Athens Greece, June 25 – July 4.
“Jill and Kristie are two amazing athletes, and I wish them the best when they compete in Athens,” Reardon said. “Their competitive spirit and continued hard work are something all of us should emulate.
Executive Reardon will read and present a Snohomish County Proclamation recognizing both athletes for their achievements on and off the field of play. The acknowledgement will take place at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, June 14 in the office of the County Executive, Administration West Building, 6th floor, at 3000 Rockefeller Avenue in downtown Everett WA. The presentation is open to family and friends.
Jill and Kristie will join seven other Special Olympics Washington athletes from around the state as
Team Washington. At World Games Jill will compete in golf and Kristie will compete in bowling.
The Team Washington is scheduled for an early morning flight on June 18 from SeaTac to Baltimore, Maryland where they will link up with 419 Special Olympics athletes from all fifty states and two U.S, territories forming Team USA. Then they’re off to Isle of Rhodes, Greece on June 19 in final preparation for the games and a ferry ride to Athens, where they will be joined by 7,500 Special Olympics Athletes from 185 nations competing in 22 Olympic-type sports.
Before flying off to the World Summer Games, Coca Cola of Bellevue will host a send off rally/celebration for Team Washington at their downtown Bellevue headquarters. Coca Cola employees and senior management will be on hand to wish them luck. Afterwards, Team Washington will travel to Safeco Field where they will be recognized and congratulated by the Seattle Mariners on a job well done and wished good luck in competition. The Mariners are hosting a suite where the athletes can relax, woof down a few hot dogs and enjoy the game.
The Special Olympics World Games will be the crowning of a long lasting movement founded in 1968 by Eunice Kennedy Shriver, who managed to realize her dream of global magnitude. Special Olympics World Games 2011 will bear a special significance. They will take place, without the presence of their founder, only two years after her death.