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Two coaches and five athletes from Special Olympics Arkansas Area 12 in southeast Arkansas have been chosen to represent Team Arkansas at the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games in New Jersey, according to an Area 12 Special Olympics news release.

Coaches Rick Donham and Karen Caldwell, both of  Monticello, will coach athletes in basketball and bowling, respectively.

Athletes chosen to represent Team Akansas from Area 12 include: Ricky Bassett (basketball) and Rusty Fine (basketball), both of Arkansas City; Sharon Johnson (powerlifting) and Anshaun Newhouse (softball), both of Dermott, and Carlos Reeves (athletics) from Eudora. All of the athletes attend the C.B. King Memorial Adult Center in Arkansas City.The 2014 USA Games are scheduled for June 14-21. Nearly 3,500 athletes will compete in 16 sports, supported by 1,000 coaches, 10,000 volunteers and 50,000 spectators.

“It is always a great experience for our athletes to be able to compete at the state level in Special Olympics,” said Ked Donham, director of Special Olympics Arkansas Area 12. “To be chosen to represent the State of Arkansas at the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games is such an honor and I could not be more proud of the hard work and dedication put forth by our five athletes. They will do a great job representing Team Arkansas.”

Team Arkansas is comprised of 100 athletes competing in 12 different sports, ranging from Aquatics to Sprint Triathlon.

Special Olympics Arkansas supports 14,000 athletes across the states that compete and train year-round in 20 different Olympic-type sports. In addition to their 240 competitions throughout the state Special Olympics Arkansas offers programming in education and health and wellness. For more information visit Special Olympics Arkansas.