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Special Olympic athlete Brandi Nelson to compete at Nationals

Brandi Nelson, pictured here with her parents Kermit and Lori, will represent Perham Area Special Olympics as a member of Team Minnesota at the Special Olympic USA National Games in Nebraska in July, 2010.

Brandi Nelson, a member of the Perham Area Special Olympics team, is one of nearly a hundred athletes selected to represent Team Minnesota at the Special Olympics USA National Games in Lincoln, Neb. July 18-24, 2010. Nelson will compete in several gymnastics events, including: Ball, Ribbon, Hoop, Clubs and All-Around at Nationals.

The 2010 USA National Games will be the largest sporting event held in the history of Nebraska. Organizers expect 3,500 athletes, 1,000 coaches, 8,000 volunteers and 15,000 family members and friends to gather in Lincoln and Omaha for the event. The National Games will highlight athletic competition, live entertainment and celebrity appearances, and will provide experiences that will generate memories for a lifetime. Athletes from all 50 states will compete in 12 sports: aquatics, bocce, basketball, bowling, golf, gymnastics, powerlifting, soccer, softball, tennis, track and field and volleyball.

Team Minnesota athletes include 16 track and field athletes; eight aquatic athletes; a full-court basketball team; eight bowlers; eight golfers; two gymnasts; eight bocce athletes; and softball teams.

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Special Olympics Minnesota offers children and adults with intellectual disabilities year-round sports training and competition. Through Special Olympics' athletic, health and leadership programs, people with intellectual disabilities transform themselves, their communities and the world.