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Local Coach Headed to Fifth Special Olympics World GamesSubmitted: 11/08/2012
Story By Lex Gray

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TOMAHAWK - This summer, Olympic athletes grabbed our attention for two weeks.

But another set of athletes will compete this winter in the Special Olympics, and there to coach them - a teacher from right here in the Northwoods.

Bonnie Kahn started Tomahawk's Special Olympics program back in 1988.

Since then, she's traveled to the World Games four times as a coach.

She's back at it again, heading to South Korea in January with 200 Special Olympics athletes.

Bonnie works with about 14 adapted needs students every day.

She coaches bowling, cross country skiing, snowshoe racing and track and field.

But she gets as much as she gives.

"The group is very compassionate, they're very courageous, I think they are goal-oriented in a way, that they always try to do their best. They like to please, and it's a joy to work with them. I always feel like I get more out of working with them than they get out of working with me," she said.

Bonnie has already been to the Games in Alaska, Japan, Idaho, and Greece.

But she said there's no place like home.

"I truly believe in the athletes, and I feel like even though I'm going to South Korea and all these places I've traveled, I still represent Tomahawk," she said. "My heart is with my athletes here, and that's what I take with me wherever I am."

Bonnie is headed to Korea with three Wisconsin athletes and one other coach.

The games start January 29th.

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