The Special Olympics World Games website says they had 6,500 athletes and 2,000 coaches representing 165 countries, along with 30,000 volunteers and an anticipated 500,000 spectators at the 2015 competitions. Local softball player with Special Olympics SE Missouri Tim Kunz was selected to compete with 13 athletes from our state. They were in Los Angeles for 2 weeks with coach chaperones as they battled for gold silver and bronze against teams from all over the globe! Kunz says after 10 games they came home with the silver!!
Kunz is now training as a power lifter while still competing in softball, bowling, basketball and track and field. His highlights other than the medaling were meeting and going to a Dodger’s game with Pro baller Justin turner and finally getting to see his brother Joel after 15 years. Kunz had to raise the funds to go by himself. He says without Special Olympics he wouldn’t be doing any of this and he is grateful. He is looking towards 2018 and possibly competing again.