Three athletes from Long Island were selected this week to join the Special Olympics New York USA Games delegation and compete in the 2022 USA Games to be held at Disney World Resort in Orlando, Fla.
Ben Beavers and Sabrina Walker of Amityville and Thomas Mensche of Suffolk County will be part of the New York delegation that will include 121 athletes and coaches in 13 sports. More than 5,500 athletes and coaches from all 50 states and the Caribbean will compete in the Orlando event.
Beavers has been a Special Olympics New York athlete for more than 30 years. An avid runner who once ran the NYC marathon in memory of his mom, Beavers was one of the first athletes to serve on the Athlete Leadership Council. He also competes in basketball and floor hockey with Special Olympics New York and previously competed in World Games China in 2007.
Walker has been a Special Olympics New York athlete for more than 20 years and has previously earned a gold medal for tennis at World Games Aspen in 2011. Sabrina also competes in equestrian for Special Olympics New York and has served as a Global Messenger, sharing her story with those who support inclusion for people with disabilities.
Mensche has been a Special Olympics New York swimmer for more than 10 years. This will be his first USA Games.