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Anthony Cahoon proudly represents Illinois in the Special Olympics World Games 2015 in Los Angeles.

Anthony Cahoon, a Southern Illinois resident, is among 7,500 participants in the Special Olympics World Games later this summer in Los Angeles.

Special Olympics RelayA few weeks ago, Anthony Cahoon, member of USA Special Olympics Soccer Team, along with his coaches Rich Crothers and Megan Coldi joined other Special Olympic athletes in Marion, IL for the kickoff celebration of the Games. .  The celebration included a Unified Relay and a torch run through the streets of Marion with officers of the Marion Police Department providing an escort through the downtown square and back to Ray Fosse Park. There, the soccer player received the great honor of lighting the flame of the Special Olympics cauldron.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois has been a big supporter of Special Olympics Illinois for years, but this year part of our sponsorship went to support Anthony’s dream of playing in the world games.   

Anthony has won several Special Olympics state titles and is hoping to bring back the gold for the USA soccer team.  

His coach Rich says he’s very proud of Anthony and feels like a proud dad when he sees out in the soccer field doing what he loves.  

"We're a statewide organization and I think a lot of times people think that the smaller communities don't get as much play or there's not as many athletes, and there certainly are," said David Breen, Special Olympics Illinois CEO. "We're proud of all the stuff going on here, and really, places like this the whole community comes out so it's a big deal for us."
The Special Olympics World Games begin on July 25 in Los Angeles and wrap up in early August.

Good Luck Anthony and good luck to all the Special Olympics Athletes!

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