Each athlete at World Games had personal reasons for participating, but for Pamela King, she did it to honor the memory of her sister, Kristol, who died two years ago at the age of 20.View Story ▼Each athlete at World Games had personal reasons for participating, but for Pamela King, she did it to honor the memory of her sister, Kristol, who died two years ago at the age of 20. “My sister had special needs. She had Downs Syndrome, Autism and Epilepsy. When she died, I decided that I would do what I could to keep her memory alive,” said King, who works for one of Special Olympics sponsors, Kaiser Permanente. “When I started working for Kaiser and they learned about my sister, they asked me to find 15 athletes to ride on the Rose Parade float and then I started coaching track and soccer for the Glendale Special Olympics teams.” King decided that she would take part in the half marathon at the World Games. She ran with her sister’s picture pinned to her t-shirt. “I cried through much of the race,” said King, “every time I hurt I thought of everything that my sister went through and kept telling myself I am going to finish the race. She’s the reason I got I got through it."
About Jill Hammergren:I am a volunteer with the Special Olympics International communications team at World Games.View less ▲