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Gallaudet's Curtis Pride helps to distribute medals at Special Olympics World Games

Gallaudet's Curtis Pride helps to distribute medals at Special Olympics World Games

LOS ANGELES – Gallaudet University baseball head coach Curtis Pride spent time this month at the 2015 Special Olympics World Games hosted in Los Angeles. Pride, a member of the President's Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition, attended the games on August 1 and helped to award medals to the participants and take in the action of the World Games.

The 2015 Special Olympics World Games ran from July 25-August 2 and featured 6,500 athletes and 2,000 coaches representing 165 countries.

Pride awarded medals to the softball participants and watched the gold medal soccer match between Great Britain and Bangladesh. Pride also had the chance to meet and engage with several Special Olympics athletes from around the world.

"It was an awesome experience and to see the pure joy on these athletes' faces was incredible.," said Pride. "I had tremendous fun watching these athletes giving all they have got in competition.  The team spirit was very high and competitive."

Pride has been a member of the President's Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition since June 2010 when President Obama appointed him to the council. Pride will enter his eighth season this year at Gallaudet.

NCAA Division III partnered with the Special Olympics back in August 2011 and have encourage Student-Athlete Advisory Committees (SAAC) at Division III institutions to participate in existing Special Olympics events, create their own events or otherwise serve to support Special Olympics organization.