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Hernandez Earns Silver Medal in Kayaking at World Games
Special Olympics Texas

August, 2015

Kayaker Matthew Hernandez (Dallas, Texas) was awarded a Silver medal at the 2015 Special Olympics World Games for his second-place time of 4:12.72 in the 500M Singles Race, on Thursday at Marine Stadium in Long Beach, Calif. William Crain (USA-Georgia) earned Gold (04:02.00) and Mikko Kivikko (Finland) placed third (04:16.92) for a Bronze medal.

 

Hernandez, 21, is making his first appearance at a Special Olympics World Games. Shortly after he was born, doctors told him he wouldn't live past 11 years old. Twenty-one years later, he is competing on the grand stage in Los Angeles. Hernandez was asked to compete in the World Games in Greece in 2010, but did not accept because his kayaking teammate was not eligible to go.

 

The Dallas native will strive for another medal on Friday, July 31 at 1:00 p.m. CT when he takes to the water for the 200M Singles Race.

 

More about Matt Hernandez here.

 

About the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games

With 7,000 athletes and 3,000 coaches representing 177 countries, along with 30,000 volunteers and an anticipated 500,000 spectators, the 2015 Special Olympics World Games - being staged in Los Angeles July 25 - August 2, 2015 - will be the largest sports and humanitarian event anywhere in the world in 2015, and the single biggest event in Los Angeles since the 1984 Olympic Games. The 2015 Special Olympics World Games, with the unparalleled spirit, enthusiasm, teamwork, joy and displays of courage and skill that are hallmarks of all Special Olympics events, will feature 25 Olympic-style sports in venues throughout the Los Angeles region. The Opening Ceremony, to be held July 25, 2015 in the historic Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, site of the 1932 and 1984 Olympic Games, is expected to attract 80,000 spectators. On April 30, 2014, LA2015 and ESPN announced a global programming deal that will see ESPN bring coverage of World Games to millions of fans around the world. LA2015, the Games Organizing Committee, is a recognized 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. For more information on the 2015 Special Olympics World Games, including volunteer and sponsorship opportunities, visit www.LA2015.org and on social with #ReachUpLA on FacebookTwitter and Instagram 

 

About Special Olympics Texas
Special Olympics Texas (SOTX) is a privately funded non-profit organization that changes lives through the power of sport by encouraging and empowering people with intellectual disabilities, promoting acceptance for all, and fostering communities of understanding and respect.  SOTX provides continuing opportunities for more than 53,400 children and adults with intellectual disabilities throughout the Lone Star State to realize their potential, develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage and experience joy and friendship.  To learn more, visit www.specialolympicstexas.org or call 800.876.5646.  Engage with us on: Twitter @SOTexasfb.com/SpecialOlympicsTXyoutube.com/specialolympicstexas. Visit the SOTX – Greater Houston Area Facebook page atfb.com/SOTX4.


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