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Hirshman to Lead Special Olympics USA Golf at World Games
Special Olympics Texas

July, 2015

Alan Hirshman began coaching with Special Olympics shortly after his son, Steven, got involved as an athlete about 20 years ago. For the last 10 years, Alan and Steven play golf together, a sport Hirshman has become very active in with Special Olympics Texas. After a pair of USA Games and one World Games appearance (2011) as an assistant coach, Hirshman is heading to Los Angeles to serve as the head coach of Special Olympics USA’s Golf team at World Games.

“I’m excited to watch the athletes compete and see the fun they are having while meeting other athletes from around the world and playing golf with them,” Hirshman said.

Hirshman is a familiar face and a staple to the Special Olympics Texas - Greater Houston Area (Area 4) program. He can be seen at almost every competition.  The Houston resident trains coaches in multiple sports, serves on Area 4’s sports management team and coordinates the area golf tournament.

Through all of the years he has spent coaching, one moment that will always stand out to him is seeing Steven score his first basket in a basketball game.

For high-res image, email shelm@sotx.org.“I coached Steven since he was five in recreational basketball leagues and he was afraid to shoot the ball,” Hirshman said. “Then when he started to play for the Briarwood School, he was still afraid to shoot the ball. After he graduated from Briarwood, we started a private team that I helped coach and for the first few years he would still not shoot in a game. We went to the Summer Games Basketball Competition about five years ago and during the first game, he took his first shot and made a basket to put the team in the lead. It is still the highlight of all my coaching at any level.” 

 

 

What:  2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games

 

When:   July 25 – Opening Ceremonies

              July 26 – August 1 – Competition 

              August 2 – Closing Ceremonies

 

Who: Special Olympics USA are the 300 athletes, 44 Unified Partners, 96 coaches and 41 management team members who will represent the United States at the Special Olympics World Summer Games. Total delegation is 481 members – the largest of the 2015 World Games.

 

Where: Los Angeles, California

 

About the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games

With 7,000 athletes and 3,000 coaches representing 177 countries, along with 30,000 volunteers and an anticipated 500,000 spectators, the 2015 Special Olympics World Games - being staged in Los Angeles July 25 - August 2, 2015 - will be the largest sports and humanitarian event anywhere in the world in 2015, and the single biggest event in Los Angeles since the 1984 Olympic Games. The 2015 Special Olympics World Games, with the unparalleled spirit, enthusiasm, teamwork, joy and displays of courage and skill that are hallmarks of all Special Olympics events, will feature 25 Olympic-style sports in venues throughout the Los Angeles region. The Opening Ceremony, to be held July 25, 2015 in the historic Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, site of the 1932 and 1984 Olympic Games, is expected to attract 80,000 spectators. On April 30, 2014, LA2015 and ESPN announced a global programming deal that will see ESPN bring coverage of World Games to millions of fans around the world.

 

Honorary Chairs of the Games are President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, with Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and California Governor Jerry Brown serving as Honorary Hosts. Current Founding Champions and sponsors include The Coca-Cola Company, Mattel, Deloitte, Toyota, Bank of America, Kaiser Permanente, OUE Skyspace Los Angeles, Davis Elen Advertising, Microsoft, Toys“R”Us, Google, UPS, AEG, David Geffen, Kate Capshaw and Steven Spielberg, The Walt Disney Company, Panda Express, and Knights of Columbus. LA2015, the Games Organizing Committee, is a recognized 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. For more information on the 2015 Special Olympics World Games, including volunteer and sponsorship opportunities, visit www.LA2015.org and on social with #ReachUpLA on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

 

Special Olympics USA Sports: Aquatics (36 athletes), Athletics (31 athletes), Basketball (1 traditional team, 2 Unified teams), Bocce (11 athletes, 3 Unified partners), Bowling (20 athletes, 3 Unified partners), Cycling (9 athletes), Equestrian (10 athletes), Golf (18 athletes, 9 Unified partners), Gymnastics (17 athletes), Kayaking (4 athletes), Powerlifting (12 athletes), Sailing (6 athletes, 3 Unified partners), Softball (3 traditional teams), Soccer (1 traditional team, 1 Unified team), Tennis (16 athletes, 1 Unified partner), Triathlon (4 athletes) and Volleyball (1 traditional team, 2 Unified teams). Total of 17 sports.



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