A New Goal, A New Start

Kenneth has always been a motivated athlete. But this year, he has even more reason to train hard on his snowshoeing. Kenneth and his family nearly lost everything when their house caught fire and burned down to the ground. Their losses included all the medals Kenneth had earned in Special Olympics competitions over the years. The family lives in Tucurrique, a rural area located east of Central Valley in Costa Rica. Kenneth’s mother said it’s been a difficult time for everyone, but especially Kenneth: "The medals were his pride." The 16-year-old also participates in athletics and bocce. But for many months, he has been training harder than ever for the 2017 World Winter Games. The goal is to start a new collection of medals with a snowshoeing medal from Austria. He says a World Games medal will have special meaning, signifying a new start and a hopeful future.

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