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Special Olympic athletes heading to World Summer Games

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - After months of training and preparation, three Special Olympics athletes from Hawaii are leaving for the 2011 World Summer Games.

Contenders Jenny Bensman, Nick Pang and Louie Perry III will join 315 Special Olympic athletes and 125 coaches to represent Team USA for the largest sporting event of the year.

About 7,000 athletes from nearly 180 nations will compete in this year's World Summer Games held in Athens, Greece.

Hawaii's law enforcement officers will also participate in this year's Games.

HPD officer Trish Doronila was selected to run in the Law Enforcement Torch Run Final Leg while Deputy Chief Antonio Williams of U.S. Army Garrison will be a Team Leader in the Final Leg.

HPD Sgt. Ben Moszkowicz and Maj. Kurt Kendro will also participate by leading the Invited Guests Security Team in Athens.

The World Games was founded in 1968 and is held every two years.

South Korea is scheduled to host the Special Olympics World Winter Games in 2013.

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