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Ken Petterson has been involved with Special Olympics for over 20 years. He is a former staff member of Special Olympics Idaho and helped create the first Special Olympics program in his local area of Fulton, Missouri in 2005. At the 2018 USA Games, Ken will be coaching basketball. For the past 12 years, he has been the head coach for Fulton's Unified basketball team which recently won back-to-back state championships. Ken has also been a Unified Partner in bowling for the past seven years and has been the head tennis coach for two years. Ken has experience coaching athletes of all ages and strives to create a sense of community, acceptance and social inclusion within his team. Ken believes that teamwork is important to the teams' success and that as a coach, he needs to recognize and develop each players gifts and abilities. Attending his first USA Games, Ken is looking forward to this tremendous opportunity and to share the experience with the rest of Special Olympics Missouri team aka "MO Magic."
"I am so honored to have been selected as a member of Team Missouri. I will be working with our athletes and Unified Partners in the months ahead developing skills, teamwork, and preparing our team for the USA Games in July of 2018. Thank you for your support as our team experiences the thrill of a lifetime."
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