Local Special Olympian Bound For Winter X Games
By Mike Perleberg
Special Olympian Chris Perdue will snowboard at the Winter X Games in Colorado. Photo provided.
(Osgood, Ind.) – A southeastern Indiana Special Olympian is being given the awesome opportunity to compete in the Winter X Games.
Chris Perdue is a member of Special Olympics Ripley-Ohio-Dearborn Counties. The 18-year-old from Osgood has been chosen by Special Olympics Team USA to go to the Winter X Games in Aspen, Colorado this coming January 26-29.
Perdue had recently taken a trip to Vermont to train for the Special Olympics World Winter Games in Austria this coming March. His Team USA coach decided to invite him to Winter X, along with eight other athletes.
“Perdue was chosen as a talented snowboarder, as well as an outstanding representative of the Special Olympics community of athletes, to demonstrate the power of sport to promote unity and inclusion in society,” said Special Olympics R-O-D Program Coordinate Greg Townsend.
Chris and the others will participate in the third annual Unified Snowboarding Races and the Hannah Teter Unified Snowboard Duel Slalom. It will be the third year the event will provide an opportunity for X Games Aspen pro athletes and fans to see the power of Special Olympics in action.
Perdue is also in competition this week at the Special Olympics Indiana Winter Games at Perfect North Slopes. The annual event brings athletes from all across the state to Lawrenceburg. A final day of events and closing ceremonies are happening Tuesday.
Special Olympics Ripley-Ohio-Dearborn Counties reaches approximately 219 area children and adults – like Perdue – with intellectual disabilities. The Program is managed by a group of volunteers who give time to a program they believe in. For more information, call Program Coordinator Greg Townsend at (812) 584-6861, email [email protected] or visit www.soindiana-rod.org.