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					                 2006 US National Games
           53 Athletes, 15 Coaches, & 3 Delegates
                       LIST BY CITY

    Ada
           Michael Sanders

           Age:                38

           Sport:              Golf

           Employer:         Animal Medical Center
           Position:         Kennel Assistant
           Accomplishments: Silver Medal in Golf at the 2004 Special Olympics Okla-
                             homa Summer Games
           Hobbies:          Bowling, Auto Racing
           How has Special Olympics changed your life: Has given me opportunities I
                             would never have had otherwise.


           Dennis Story

           GOLF HEAD COACH




Arcadia
            Taneka Miller

            Age:                      25

            Sport:                Golf
            Years Involved:       15
            Accomplishments:      Graduated High School, competed in Golf for 5 years.
            Hobbies:              Watching movies and TV, music, dancing, and visiting with
                                  friends.
            How has Special Olympics changed your life: It has helped me be more confident in
                                  myself.


 Ardmore


            Severo Cruz

            Age:                    18

            Sport:                  Athletics/Track & Field
            Years involved:         2




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Camargo
            Ben Salisbury

           Age:              25

           Sport:          Bocce
           Years involved: 17
           Hobbies:        Ben loves running his dozer like his Dad. He loves his
                           dogs and donkeys.
           How has Special Olympics changed your life:
                           Special Olympics has opened up the world to Ben. Living
                           in NW (rural) Oklahoma, he has enjoyed meeting people
                           from around the state. It also helped him to be more inde-
                           pendent.
           Comments:       Going to US National Games has made Ben feel very im-
                           portant and “Special”. He is so looking forward to the trip!
Durant
          Johnlouis Ashby

          Age:               19

          Sport:            Basketball Team
          Years involved:   4
          Employer:         Orschelns
          Position:         Sales Rep.
          Accomplishments:  Head of an Equestrian camp and head of department at
                            Orschelns
          Hobbies:          Metal work, horseback riding and auto mechanics.
          How has Special Olympics changed your life:
                            Learned that everybody is Special in their own way.



          Ricky Barnes

          Age:               28

          Sport:            Basketball Team
          Employer:         Durant Stockyards
          Accomplishments: Graduating from high school and finishing first in
                            basketball
          Hobbies:          Wrestling, football, and all sports on TV, bingo
          How has Special Olympics changed your life:
                            I’ve always wanted to play sports and Special Olympics
                            has given me that chance.
          Comments:         I can’t wait to play ball in Iowa.




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Durant (cont.)
                 Ronnie Bledsoe

                 Age:                19

                 Sport:            Basketball Team
                 Years involved:   9
                 Accomplishments: Graduation from High School, receiving drivers license
                 Hobbies:          Working on cars, sports and girls
                 How has Special Olympics changed your life:
                                   I have made a lot of friends. I was shy, but now I am
                                   outgoing. I get to play basketball and volleyball on a
                                   team.

                 Michael Ham

                 Age:                16

                 Sport:            Basketball Team
                 Years involved:   4
                 Accomplishments: Getting to play on the gold medal basketball team
                 Hobbies:          Fishing
                 How has Special Olympics changed your life:
                                   Getting to play sports and making friends.
                 Comments:         Going to US National Games will be a lot of fun getting
                                   to go somewhere and play on the basketball team against
                                   teams from other states.



                 Dixie Hobbs

                 Age:                19

                 Sport:            Basketball Team
                 Years involved:   1
                 How has Special Olympics changed your life: It has given me the chance to
                                   play sports and meet new people. I have gotten to go
                                   places where I would never go, such as Norman and
                                   Stillwater for the Special Olympics Oklahoma Winter
                                   and Summer Games.

                  Matthew Palmer

                  Age:                    23

                  Sport:              Basketball Team
                  Years involved:     8
                  Accomplishments:    Matthew was in speech and his teacher couldn’t get
                                      him to talk. His mother suggested that the teacher talk
                                      about basketball. So, she got a book about basketball,
                                      and he hasn’t stopped talking since.
                  Hobbies:            Hunting, watching sports on TV.
                  How has Special Olympics changed your life: Special Olympics lets me
                                      play basketball even after I graduated high school.     3
Durant (cont.)
                   Calvin Howe

                 Age:                  15

                 Sport:              Basketball Team
                 Years Involved:     2
                 Accomplishments: Perfect attendance at school.
                 Hobbies:            Computer games, High School Band
                 How has Special Olympics changed your life:
                                     Made new friends.
                 Comments:           Going to US National Games is an opportunity of a
                                     lifetime.


                 Krista Jones

                 Age:               15

                 Sport:            Basketball Team
                 Years involved:   3
                 Accomplishments: Outstanding Achievement award in Band
                 Hobbies:          Softball, working with elderly, singing
                 How has Special Olympics changed your life:
                                   Enjoys competing against and helping other athletes.
                 Comments:         I love it.

                 Jamie Kelsay

                 Age:                24

                 Sport:              Basketball Team
                 Years involved:     12
                 Employer:           Durant Stockyard
                 Accomplishments:    Graduating from high school. I have medaled in most of
                                     my events at state competitions.
                 Hobbies:            Volleyball, shotput, football, wrestling, bingo.


                 Joseph Kelsay

                 Age:                21

                 Sport:            Basketball Team
                 Years involved:   6
                 Employer:         Chocktaw Casino
                 Position:         Catering
                 Accomplishment:   Getting to play basketball, winning medals at state
                                   competitions, getting drivers license, getting a job, and
                                   finishing school.
                 Hobbies:          Wrestling, football, girls
                 How has Special Olympics changed your life: Let me have the chance to
                                   play sports and make a lot of friends.

                                                                                               4
Durant (cont.)




                 Steven Remshardt

                 BASKETBALL HEAD COACH




                  Donna Hicks

                  BASKETBALL COACH




                                         5
Edmond
          Greg Ashworth

          Age:               50

          Sport:             Aquatics (swimming)
          Years involved:    37
          Employers:         The Meadows
          Position:          Worker
          Accomplishments:   World Games Gold, Silver, and Bronze medals, 1996
                             Athlete of the Year, International Special Olympics
                             Winter Games in 1981.



         Chris Paynter

         Age:                     31

         Sport:                Powerlifting
         Previous World Games: 1995, 1999, 2001, 2003
         Years involved:       23
         Employer:             The Meadows
         Position:             Document Destruction
         Accomplishments:      Powerlifting—I have won 13 medals in World
                               Competition. I broke the American record in the
                               benchpress.
         Hobbies:              Sports, singing in choir, and dancing
         How has Special Olympics changed your life:
                               I have made so many life-long friends by being in-
                               volved in Special Olympics. I have reached goals I
                               never thought were possible.


           Nikki Sneed

           Age:                    30

           Sport:                Aquatics (swimming)
           Previous World Games: 1995, 1999, 2001
           Years involved:       22
           Employer:             Edmond Public Schools
           Position:             Bus Monitor
           Accomplishments:      Special Olympics Oklahoma Global Messenger.
           Hobbies:              Music, volunteering for Special Olympics, working
                                 out and word finds.
           How has Special Olympics changed your life:
                                 It has allowed me to participate in sports that I
                                 would not have been able to compete in and travel
                                 and meet new people across the world. It has helped
                                 me develop social skills and speaking skills.
           Comments:             Thank you to Special Olympics for all they have
                                 done and continue to do for me and all the other
                                 athletes.
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Enid    Antwon Brown

        Age:                    19

        Sport:                Softball Team
        Years involved:       8
        Employer:             Enid High School
        Position:             Custodian
        How has Special Olympics changed your life:
                              It has given me confidence and fun.
        Comments:             This is an opportunity to travel out of Oklahoma and spend a
                              lot of time with my friends.

        Michael Cotton

        Age:                    17

        Sport:                Softball Team
        Years involved:       15
        Accomplishments:      Michael has played on the Enid High School Football Team
                              and run track on the High School Track Team. Attends
                              Connors College.
        How has Special Olympics changed your life:
                              I have made new friends and increased my confidence. Moti-
                              vated me to achieve other things and to speak in front of an
                              audience.
        Comments:             This is a chance to travel out of Oklahoma and become better
                              friends with my teammates.

       Robert Clark

       Age:                    19

       Sport:                Softball Team
       Years involved:       6
       Accomplishments:      Athlete of the year for Enid High School.
       Hobbies:              Sports and helping athletes with significant disabilities.
       How has Special Olympics changes your life: It helps me to be more active.


       McNail Lawson

       Age:                    19

       Sport:                Softball Team
       Years Involved:       9
       Employer:             Jumbo Foods
       Position:             Sacker
       Hobbies:              Sports and girls
       How has Special Olympics changed your life:
                             I’ve made new friends, increased athletic ability and increased
                             self-esteem.
       Comments:             This is a great chance to travel with a lot of fun people.


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 Enid (cont.)
                      Cassie Ramos

                      Age:                     17

                      Sport:                Softball Team
                      Years involved:       9
                      Previous World Games: World Games in Ireland

                      Justin Willson

                      Age:                     20

                      Sport:                Softball Team
                      Years involved:       6
                      Employer:             Lowes
                      Hobbies:              Fishing
                      How has Special Olympics changed your life:
                                            Travel and competition.

                      Ryan Willson

                      Age:                     17

                      Sport:                Softball Team
                      Hobbies:              Fishing
                      How has Special Olympics changed your life:
                                            Making new friends and competition.
                      Comments:             This is a chance to travel out of Oklahoma.

The following athletes are Unified Partners. Unified Sports is a pioneer program that combines approximately equal
numbers of athletes with and without intellectual disabilities, of similar age and ability, on teams that compete
against other Unified Sports teams. Unified Sports is an important program because it expands sports opportuni-
ties for athletes seeking new challenges and dramatically increases integration in the community.



                      Michael Allison
                      Unified Softball Partner (Special Olympics partners athletes with and without
                                        intellectual disabilities.)

                      Age:                     18

                      Sport:                   Softball Team


                      Dashawn Baker
                      Unified Softball Partner (Special Olympics partners athletes with and without
                                        intellectual disabilities.)

                      Age:                     21

                      Sport:                   Softball Team

                                                                                                                     8
Enid (cont.)


               Michelle Henderson
               Unified Softball Partner (Special Olympics partners athletes with and without
                                 intellectual disabilities.)

               Age:                   19

               Sport:                 Softball Team




               Maggie Mona
               Unified Softball Partner (Special Olympics partners athletes with and without
                                 intellectual disabilities.)

               Age:                   18

               Sport:                 Softball Team



               Dora Smith
               Unified Softball Partner (Special Olympics partners athletes with and without
                                 intellectual disabilities.)

               Age:                   20

               Sport:                 Softball Team




                Dante Clark
                Unified Softball Partner (Special Olympics partners athletes with and without
                                  intellectual disabilities.)



                Sport:                 Softball Team




                                                                                                9
Enid (cont.)



               Susan Glasgow

               UNIFIED SOFTBALL HEAD COACH




               Jaci Tolbert

               UNIFIED SOFTBALL COACH




               David Brown

               UNIFIED SOFTBALL COACH




                                             10
  Guthrie
                Erin Henke

                Age:                   20

                Sport:                Athletics/Track & Field
                Years involved:       12
                Employer:             New Horizons and Guthrie Greenhouse
                Accomplishments:      2002 Special Olympics Oklahoma Athlete of the Year
                Hobbies:              Guitar, movies. TV and my computer
                How has Special Olympics changed your life:
                                      It helped my outgoing personality and self-esteem.
                Comments:             I love my Coach, Coach Benham, and all of the people who
                                      do so much for Special Olympics.

                Tim Dubois

                Age:                   20

                Sport:                Athletics/Track & Field
                Employer:             Bradford Village Nursing Home
                Position:             Dietary Aid
                Accomplishments:      2005 Special Olympics Oklahoma Athlete of the Year
                Hobbies:              Football and everything about it, Music
                How has Special Olympics changed your life:
                                      It let me meet lots of people and helped my self-esteem. I
                                      have got to go to fun places.
                Comments:             It means a lot to me because every time I go to Special
                                      Olympics I feel like I help lead the team to gold.
                Special Note:         Tim was selected to be one of only 4 athletes out of 4,000 to
                                      be featured during the US National Games Opening Cere-
                                      monies. Film crews came to Guthrie in May 2006 to film
                                      Tim, his coaches, teachers, family members, and friends
                                      for a 4-6 minute vignette to be played on the big screen
                                      during Opening Ceremonies.


                  Laura Benham

                  TRACK AND FIELD COACH




Holdenville
              Jordan House

              Age:                   21

              Sport:                Athletics/Track & Field
              Employer:             Wal-Mart
              Position:             Greeter
              Accomplishments:      35 Special Olympics gold medals.
              Hobbies:              Weightlifting, movie collecting, video games
              How has Special Olympics changed my life:
                                    Given me friendship, independence and taught me sportsmanship.
              Comments:             Attending National Games is a lifelong dream come true.

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  Lawton

                 Michael Figueroa

                 Age:                    21

                 Sport:                  Aquatics (Swimming)
                 Year involved:          7
                 Accomplishments:        2003 graduate of Eisenhower High School, Global
                                         Messenger




                   Karen Granger

                   TRACK AND FIELD COACH




Midwest City


                      Strippy Biggers

                      TRACK AND FIELD HEAD COACH




Moore
                        Jason Boyd

               Age:                     23

               Sport:                Bowling
               Years Involved:       8
               Accomplishments:      A great Bowler
               Hobbies:              Computers, Play Station II, Cycling, bowling, basketball, golf,
                                     and girls
               How has Special Olympics changed your life:
                                     Jason has met wonderful people and has had a great time.

                                                                                                       12
 Muskogee

                   Cynthia Coffin

                   Age:                    24

                   Sport:                Athletics/Track & Field
                   Previous World Games: 2003
                   Years Involved:       15
                   Accomplishments:      Special Olympics Oklahoma Global Messenger, attends col-
                                         lege at Connors College.
                   Hobbies:              Yoga, school, dancing, reading, computers, church.
                   How has Special Olympics changed my life:
                                         Motivated me to achieve other things, like speak in front of an
                                         audience.

                   Michelle Jones


                   Sport:                Athletics/Track & Field
                   Years Involved:       10
                   Employer:             Muskogee Public Schools
                   Position:             Child Care
                   Accomplishments:      Graduated high school in 2005,
                   Hobbies:              Dancing, singing, writing, reading, bowling, swimming,
                                         Disney Channel.
                   How has Special Olympics changed my life:
                                         Independence and confidence.

Newalla
            Cynthia Newton

            Age:                    37

            Sport:                Aquatics (Swimming)
            Years involved:       15
            Employer:             Mid-Deli Group
            Accomplishments:      Gold medal in swimming
            Hobbies:              Equestrian, basketball, crossword puzzles
            How has Special Olympics changed your life: Confidence in competing in public.
                                  Able to compete on my level and to achieve my goal and
                                  working up to my potential.
Norman



                Curtis Boyer

                BOCCE HEAD COACH




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Oklahoma City

                 Steve Carson
                 Unified Golf Partner (Special Olympics partners athletes with and without
                                  intellectual disabilities.)*

                 Steve is a Special Olympics Oklahoma Board Member and PGA Master Professional
                 at Lincoln Park Golf Course.

                 Steve will partner with Taneka Miller, Special Olympics Oklahoma Athlete, at the
                 2006 USA National Games. Steve is Taneka’s coach and they will team in alternate-
                 shot competition at the Games. Taneka is from Arcadia, Oklahoma.

                 * Unified Sports is a pioneer program that combines approximately equal numbers of ath-
                 letes with and without intellectual disabilities, of similar age and ability, on teams that com-
                 pete against other Unified Sports teams. Unified Sports is an important program because it
                 expands sports opportunities for athletes seeking new challenges and dramatically in-
                 creases integration in the community.


                Kevin Maples

                Age:                       47

                Sport:                Golf
                Previous World Games: 1999, 2003
                Years Involved:       33
                Employer:             Dillards
                Position:             Housekeeping
                Accomplishments:      1999 World Games in Golf, 5th place 2003 World Games in
                                      Bowling
                Hobbies:              Bowling and Golf
                How has Special Olympics changed your life:
                                      Special Olympics has been a part of my life in Texas and
                                      Oklahoma. My parents, the late J.D. and Mercedes worked in
                                      Texas Special Olympics and Oklahoma Special Olympics for
                                      all of these years.
                Comments:             I would like to thank those responsible for selecting me to be
                                      part of the Oklahoma Team.



                 Meg Corn

                 AQUATICS COACH




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Pauls Valley




                Woody Bearden

                POWERLIFTING HEAD COACH




 Ponca City

               Samantha Cooper

               Age:                   23

               Sport:                Powerlifting
               Employer:             Ponca City Opportunity Center
               Hobbies:              Word finds and puzzles
               How has Special Olympics changed your life:
                                     I have developed new friendships
               Comments:             I am very excited.

Pryor

               Aubrey Wofford

               Age:                   15

               Sport:                Athletics/Track & Field
               Accomplishments:      Golf medals at Winter and Summer Games. Awards from
                                     Track coach at high school.
               Hobbies:              Sports, basketball, playing pool, and bowling.
               How has Special Olympics changed your life:
                                     It has given Aubrey more courage in her everyday life. She
                                     now knows she can succeed. It enables her to try new things
                                     outside of Special Olympics that she might not have tried
                                     before.




                                                                                                   15
 Stillwater



              Earl Madison

              BASKETBALL COACH




Tahlequah

               Brian Crume

               Age:                   39

               Sport:                Athletics/Track & Field
               Years Involved:       33
               Employer:             Oklahoma Production
               Position:             Laborer
               Accomplishments:      High School Cross Country 2 year letterman in High School.
                                     Volunteer award from Tahlequah Head Start. Recognized by
                                     State House of Representatives and President of Oklahoma
                                     People First for 20 years of service.
               Hobbies:              Music, dancing, video games and local sporting events.
               How has Special Olympics changed my life:
                                     It has helped me become more outgoing and proud of what I
                                     do.




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Tulsa
        Mark Wollmershauser
        Unified Bocce Partner (Special Olympics partners athletes with and without
                        intellectual disabilities.)*

        Sport:                     Bocce

                                   2006 Law Enforcement Torch Run “Unsung Hero”. Mark is
                                   an officer in the Tulsa Police Department. Mark will partner
                                   with his daughter, Amy, in Bocce competition.
        * Unified Sports is a pioneer program that combines approximately equal numbers of
        athletes with and without intellectual disabilities, of similar age and ability, on teams that
        compete against other Unified Sports teams. Unified Sports is an important program
        because it expands sports opportunities for athletes seeking new challenges and dra-
        matically increases integration in the community.


        Amy Wollmershauser

        Age:                       30

        Sport:                Bocce
        Previous World Games: 2003 World Games in Ireland
        Years Involved:       16
        Employer:             Albertson’s
        Position:             Clerk
        Accomplishments:      Special Olympics Oklahoma Global Messenger
        Hobbies:              Talking on the phone, writing emails to friends, dancing,
                              OSU, OU Football and Basketball.
        How has Special Olympics changed your life:
                              Special Olympics has given me courage to try new things and
                              make lots of new friends.

        Kristie Wainwright

        Age:                       25

        Sport:                Bowling
        Years Involved:       10
        Employer:             Wendy’s
        Position:             Food Handler
        Accomplishments:      Held job for 6 years.
        Hobbies:              Handheld games, social activities with friends.
        How has Special Olympics changed my life:
                              The basis for all of my friends and social life.




          John Travers

          BOWLING HEAD COACH



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Tulsa (cont.)

                J T Travers

                Age:                   33

                Sport:                Bowling
                Previous World Games: 1991 World Games
                Years Involved:       24



                  C R Talley

                  Age:                   20

                  Sport:                 Athletics/Track & Field
                  Years involved:        7
                  Employer:              Jenks Public Schools
                  Position:              Equipment Manager for Football
                  Accomplishments:       Graduation from high school, learned snow shoeing and ski-
                                         ing, received 2005 Green Country Athlete of the Year.




                       Cathi Morris, Special Olympics Oklahoma Program Services Manager

                       UNIFIED SOFTBALL COACH




                    Adrian DeWendt, Special Olympics Oklahoma Program Executive Director

                    2006 US NATIONAL GAMES DELEGATE




                    John Seals, Special Olympics Oklahoma Area Services & Sports Director

                    2006 US NATIONAL GAMES HEAD OF DELEGATION




                       Teri Hockett, Special Olympics Oklahoma Program Director

                       2006 US NATIONAL GAMES ASSISTANT HEAD OF DELEGATION


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 Vici

            Brian Boswell
            Unified Bocce Partner (Special Olympics partners athletes with and without
                            intellectual disabilities.)*

            Age:                       20

            Sport:                     Bocce

            Accomplishments:           Former Shipman Youth Volunteer Award recipient.

            * Unified Sports is a pioneer program that combines approximately equal numbers of ath-
            letes with and without intellectual disabilities, of similar age and ability, on teams that com-
            pete against other Unified Sports teams. Unified Sports is an important program because it
            expands sports opportunities for athletes seeking new challenges and dramatically in-
            creases integration in the community.



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         Dustin Cichon

         Age:                       18

         Sport:                Powerlifting
         Years involved:       6
         Hobbies:              Wrestling, artwork, building things, helping others at Adult
                               and Child Day Care.
         How has Special Olympics changed your life:
                               Best experience of my life.




Yukon

        Stacey Long

        Age:                      40

        Sport:                Bowling
        Previous World Games: 2003 World Games in Ireland
        Years Involved:       14
        Accomplishments:      Special Olympics Oklahoma Global messenger, gold medals
                              at the 2003 World Games.
        Hobbies:              Puzzles
        How has Special Olympics changed your life:
                              It is OK to be different.
        Comments:             It is an honor to be chosen to represent Oklahoma.
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