Sunday, February 16, 2014

Press release from our friends at Special Olympics Idaho

BOISE, ID – February 16, 2014 – On the morning of Saturday the 15th, Head Coach for
the Moscow Rebels’ Special Olympic Team, Elizabeth King, discovered that their local
storage unit had been broken into and their Winter Sports equipment had been stolen.
With the 2014 State Winter Games just two weeks away in Sun Valley, this was a
crushing blow to the local team. The Moscow Rebels have been training hard all season
and just returned from Regional Competitions in Coeur d’Alene, excited and ready for
their State Games. With the loss of their equipment, this may mean that these athletes
will not be able to join other Idaho athletes in Sun Valley on February 28th.

The Moscow Rebels may have lost their equipment, but they have not lost their hope.
Teams from all across Idaho have rallied together in support of their competition, and
are donating extra sports equipment from their teams to ensure that the Moscow Rebels
will meet them at the Games. The Coeur d’Alene Eagles have donated $1,000 from their
very own fundraising efforts to support the team in obtaining rental equipment for State
Games. LC Storm in Lewiston and the Silver Valley team in Kellogg are donating
equipment for the team to use. Even with the teams rallying together, Moscow Rebels
will need support from the community to ensure they have safe and appropriate
competition gear for State Games.

The Moscow Rebels are in need of Snowshoe and Nordic ski equipment. It is their hope
that they will be able to rent the equipment needed for State Games, that they are
unable to borrow from other teams. Local teams fundraise for their own equipment,
uniforms, housing and travel to Games. This has been a setback for the team, but they
are not allowing it to prevent them from going to State Competitions.

Special Olympics Idaho’s Director of Sports and Training, Opey Freedle, said, “Anytime
crime effects our community it is a loss, but this was a devastating blow for our athletes.
After all the hard work put into training for State Games, it’s a tragedy that this team may
miss out on the chance to showcase their skills and abilities, and compete for the Gold
at State. The answer is up to the community now. We will do what we can on our end to
make sure they get the chance to compete. But we’ll need help to get them there.”

If you would like to assist the team in renting equipment for the 2014 State Winter
Games in Sun Valley, or would like to donate snowshoes or skiing equipment, please
contact Pam Lisenbe, Special Olympics Northern Idaho Regional Director, at 208-659-
0172 or email

If you have any information concerning the theft of the Moscow Rebels sports
equipment, please contact the Moscow Police Department at 208-882-2677.

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