Among the more than 7,000 Special Olympic athletes participating in the 1999 International World Games this week in Raleigh, North Carolina are two athletes and one coach from Payson.
Annie Spencer has been tapped as Arizona's bowling team coach and will have on the squad local bowler Heather Werlinger. Also on the team are two SO athletes from Flagstaff and one from Tucson.
In track and field, Payson's David Frohme will participate in the 5K run.
Being selected a participant in the World Games, Spencer said, is a huge honor in that only 48 athletes and 12 coaches from Arizona were chosen.
The Special Olympic area director in Phoenix selected the state's participants from a list of nominees submitted by Arizona's local directors.
In World Games bowling, 385 Special Olympic athletes from around the United States will compete in singles, doubles and team play.
Frohme, one of the most accomplished SO athletes in the county, is a seasoned veteran of distance runs and could be a contender for a medal.