Local athlete, coach and International Global Messenger Kristina Rhodes to be interviewed on KSHB-TV

On Thursday, November 8, Special Olympics athlete, coach and International Global Messenger Kristina (O’Neal) Rhodes will be interviewed on KSHB-TV. Tune in as she discusses her work with Special Olympics in Missouri and the Send a High Five Campaign, a joint initiative between VSP Vision Care and Special Olympics.

Almost 200 million people have intellectual disabilities, and up to 40 percent of these individuals are also affected by some type of vision loss or abnormality. To address this issue, VSP Vision Care worked with the Special Olympics to provide 50,000 athletes around the U.S. with the vision care they need via the “Send a High Five” campaign. For more information on the importance of healthy eyes and the campaign, check out this infographic!

Kristina, along with Dr. Lee Ann Barrett from the Missouri Optometric Association and the Opening Eyes program, will discuss the importance of an annual eye exam—particularly for individuals with intellectual disabilities—and share their own experiences in relation to eye health and the Special Olympics.

Make sure to tune in at 11:15 am on Thursday!

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Meet Missouri’s World Winter Games delegates!

The World Games are flagship events for the Special Olympics Movement. They take place every two years and alternate between Summer and Winter Games. The Games can be the world’s largest sporting event of the year.

Missouri is proud to have two members representing Team USA at the 2013 World Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea: Tim Jenkins and Mystie Lucast.

Tim Jenkins, 26, is from Lawson. He has been involved with Special Olympics for eight years and will compete in Alpine Skiing at World Games. Tim competed in the 2010 National Games in Nebraska and earned gold medals in Aquatics.

Tim finds joy in spreading the word of Special Olympics. “I used to be shy,” he says. “Now I have friends from all over the state.”

He is a beekeeper and works at Ideal Industries in Richmond. Tim is also in charge of taking care of horses in the GaitWay Therapeutic Riding Program. He loves to cook, with baked chicken as his speciality.

You can help send Tim to World Games by making a donation here.

Mystie Lucast, 14, is from St. Joseph. She has participated in Special Olympics for five years and will compete in Figure Skating. This is her first experience competing beyond the state level.

Mystie says that Special Olympics has allowed her to try sports that she has always wanted to try. In addition to Figure Skating, she also plays softball, track and basketball.

She attends Truman Middle School. “RIO” is her favorite movie and “Little House on the Prairie” is her favorite TV show. Mystie collects snow globes and aspires to be a professional ice skater. She is the youngest of four children and has two sisters and one brother.

You can help send Mystie to World Games by making a donation here.

For more information, visit the Special Olympics Team USA website or the 2013 World Winter Games website.