first_imgAurora, IND – ESPN has announced that Special Olympics Indiana – Ripley Ohio DearbornCounties’ athlete, Chris Perdue of Osgood, will be returning, for the third consecutive year, tothe X Games Aspen 2019 for the annual Special Olympics Unified Snowboarding Races. The XGames will take place from January 22-26 on Buttermilk Mountain in Aspen, Colorado.Coverage of the X Games can be viewed on ESPN and ABC.Perdue is one of ten Special Olympics athletes from around the world selected by ESPN and Special Olympics to demonstrate their snowboarding skills at the Unified event during the XGames. ESPN is the global presenting sponsor and official media sponsor of Special OlympicsUnified Sports.Unified Sports is an inclusive sports program that combines an approximately equal numberof Special Olympics athletes (individuals with intellectual disabilities) and partners (individualswithout intellectual disabilities) on teams for training and competition. Three models existwithin Unified Sports: competitive Unified Sports, Unified Sports Player Development andUnified Sports Recreation. All three models provide different types of experiences in teamsports such as basketball, football, and volleyball and in other sports such as bocce, golf andtennis. Unified Sports is now offered throughout the world and has been a Special Olympicsinternationally sanctioned program since 1989.Perdue will be partnered with Mike Schultz, an American Snowmobiler. Schultz is a threesportX Games athlete with the most adaptive gold medals in X Game history — he has eightbetween SnoCross Adaptive and Moto X Racing Adaptive. He’s won SnoCross Adaptive everytime he’s competed; a 2016 win brought the total to five.Schultz is an above-the-knee amputee who created his own knee and prosthetic leg toaccommodate his activities. The self-trained engineer now has a successful business, Biodapt,serving adaptive athletes and veterans. He builds prosthetics for several of his competitors.For the fifth consecutive year, this event will provide an opportunity for X Games Aspen proathletes and fans to see the power of Special Olympics in action. The Unified SnowboardingRaces will provide professional winter sports athletes an opportunity to partner with SpecialOlympics athletes on X Games slopes. Through this event, Special Olympics will furthercultivate another annual tradition that celebrates individuals with and without intellectualdisabilities partnering in sports.While in Aspen, Perdue will also compete in the Sixth Annual Hannah Teter Special OlympicsUnified Dual Slalom Race on the Silver Dip NASTAR Course on Aspen Mountain. Twenty-fivesnowboarders including Hannah Teter, representatives of Perfect Sense, the event sponsor,and the ten Special Olympics athletes, and Olympic and action sports athletes will participate.In 2017, Perdue captured a gold medal in his division of the Advanced Giant Slalom at theSpecial Olympics World Winter Games held in Austria. Perdue competed against athletesfrom all around the world. In the Advanced Giant Slalom event he challenged a total of eightathletes from New Zealand, Switzerland, Japan, Austria, and Korea. Prior to the World Games,Perdue competed at the X Games with Unified Partner, Danny Davis taking seventh place.Last year, partnered with Schultz the team took fifth place.Perdue, 20 years old, trains at Perfect North Slopes in Lawrenceburg. He’s been involved inSpecial Olympics for the past eight years, after being introduced to the organization by hisSpecial Ed teacher from South Ripley High School. During the recent Winter Games of SpecialOlympics Indiana held at Perfects, Perfect North Slopes learned of Perdue’s return to the XGames and provided him with a new pair of snowboarding boots for his trip.ABOUT X GAMES:X Games, an annual sports event controlled and arranged by American sports broadcaster,ESPN (with coverage also shown on its sister network ABC) returns to Aspen, Colorado’sButtermilk Mountain from January 22-26. Inviting the top Ski, Snowboard, Snowmobile andSnow Bike athletes to compete in 18 different disciplines over four days of the world’spremier winter extreme action sports, music and festival.ABOUT SPECIAL OLYMPICSSpecial Olympics is an international organization that changes lives by promotingunderstanding, acceptance and inclusion between people with and without intellectualdisabilities. Through year-round athletic training and competition in 26 Olympic-type sportsfor more than 2.25 million children and adults with intellectual disabilities in more than 150countries, Special Olympics has created a model community that celebrates people’s diversegifts. Founded in 1968 by Eunice Kennedy Shriver, Special Olympics provides people withintellectual disabilities continuing opportunities to realize their potential, develop physicalfitness, demonstrate courage and experience joy and friendship. There is no cost toparticipate in Special Olympics. Visit Special Olympics at SPECIAL OLYMPICS INDIANASpecial Olympics Indiana provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in over21 Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, reaching over14,000 athletes across Indiana. The organization receives no federal or state appropriatedfunds, is not a United Way agency and relies entirely on corporate, civic and individualdonations. For more information about Special Olympics Indiana, call (317) 328-2000 or SPECIAL OLYMPICS INDIANA – RIPLEY OHIO DEARBORN COUNTIESSpecial Olympics Indiana-Ripley Ohio Dearborn Counties is part of the international networkof accredited Special Olympics Programs that reaches more than 4 million athletes withintellectual disabilities worldwide. The program provides year-round sports training andathletic competition in Track and Field, Aquatics, Basketball, Bowling, Bocce, Corn Toss,Powerlifting, Softball, Snowshoeing, Alpine Skiing, Snowboarding, Flag Football, Volleyball,and Equestrian. Reaching approximately 256 children and adults with intellectual disabilities,the Program is managed by a group of volunteers who give time to a program they believe in.The Program relies entirely on corporate, civic, and individual donations on the local level. Formore information about Special Olympics Indiana – Ripley Ohio Dearborn Counties, callProgram Coordinator Greg Townsend at (812) 584-6861, email orvisit