Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Sacramento Sports Hall Of Fame To Induct Special Olympics Athlete

A local Special Olympics athlete will join the ranks of Dusty Baker, Kevin Johnson and Summer Sanders as a member of the Sacramento Sports Hall of Fame. Donald Schendel, who has been a Special Olympics athlete for more than 40 years, is set to be inducted in the Class of 2014.

Donald will be joining Tedy Brushchi, Jeff Float, Leron Lee, Debbie Meyer and Steve Sax at annual celebration and induction ceremony on Jan. 25. Donald was selected out of a pool of five finalists to be the first-ever Special Olympics inductee into the Sacramento Sports Hall of Fame.

Donald joined Special Olympics when he was just 10-years-old, and has won more than 215 medals in his 40 plus years of competing. A Placer County athlete with Special Olympics Northern California, Donald has played nearly every sport Special Olympics has to offer including basketball, bocce, bowling, cross country skiing, golf, softball, snowshoe racing, swimming, track & field and weight lifting.

At the pinnacle of his swimming career, Donald won every race in which he competed for ten straight years. A lifetime Special Olympics athlete, Donald is the epitome of good sportsmanship and serves as a leader to the younger athletes.

"His tenure with Special Olympics and everything that he's accomplished made him a perfect selection," Sacramento Sports Hall of Fame founder TC Martin said.

Tickets for the celebration event, which will be held at Thunder Valley Casino Resort, are available for purchase now at sacsportshof.com or at Thunder Valley. Part of the proceeds will benefit Special Olympics
Northern California.

About Special Olympics Northern California
Special Olympics Northern California is a free year-round sports training and competition program for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. There are 16,000 athletes who compete in 152 competitions
throughout the region in 11 sports. This requires the extraordinary support and time of 15,100 volunteers and volunteer coaches. Financial support comes almost exclusively from individuals, organizations, corporations and foundations. For more information on Special Olympics Northern California, please visit SONC.org or socialize with them at Facebook.com/SONorCal and Twitter.com/SONorCal.

Blog Post information and picture courtesy of Special Olympics Northern California.

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