Local Special Olympics athletes to participate in National Games

Special Olympics Minnesota athletes DJ Gilder and Nick Rosen, both of New Prague, have been selected as members of Team Minnesota and will compete at the 2010 USA National Games in Nebraska, July 18 through the 23 in bowling. Both of the athletes last competed in the 2006 National Games in Iowa.

Gilder, 17, is a nine-year Special Olympics Minnesota veteran. An athlete with the Tri-County Chargers team and a Global Messenger with Special Olympics Minnesota's Athlete Leadership Programs, he has participated in bowling, athletics and equestrian over the years.

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