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Athletes of the Week

| Sports | January 3, 2019

Nathaniel French is originally from Antelope Valley, but he has lived in Santa Clarita and has participated in Special Olympics (SO) since he was a teenager. Currently, Nathaniel is training for the floor hockey season, but he also competes in soccer, basketball (Tiger Sharks), bocce ball and swimming.

Nathaniel enjoys SO because the “coaches are nice and do a good job.” He works well with his teammates while they train and compete, and he has the medals to prove it. He also traveled to Long Beach to compete in basketball at the Walter Pyramid.

“Nathaniel is one of the fastest and assertive players in making goals and taking the puck down the court,” Coach Chris Bratzel said.

During the week, Nathaniel is in a local day work program.

Scott Strauss has been in SCV Special Olympics (SO) for over 25 years. He is currently training for the 2019 floor hockey season, but he also competes in basketball, softball, bocce ball and soccer.

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Scott ran the Torch of Hope for the Law Enforcement Torch Run at the opening ceremonies of the Santa Clarita SO summer games at Hart High School.

He loves winning gold medals in his competitions, and he is also a fan of the LA Kings.

“Scott has a lot of energy and makes practice and games fun for all,” Coach Chris Bratzel said.

During the week, Scott is in a local day work program and is active in Major Impact Theater.

About the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics

The Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) is the largest public awareness vehicle and grass-roots fundraiser for Special Olympics. Known as Guardians of the Flame, law enforcement members and Special Olympics athletes carry the “Flame of Hope” into the Opening Ceremony of local competitions, and into Special Olympics State, Provincial, National, Regional and World Games.

The LETR for Special Olympics engages law enforcement worldwide championing acceptance and inclusion for people with intellectual disabilities, starting first with their own communities. Over the years,the Torch Run has evolved and now encompasses a variety of innovative fundraising platforms to include Plane Pulls, Polar Plunges, Tip-A-Cops, and more. Since inception, LETR has raised over 700 million dollars and changed millions of attitudes.

For more information, visit www.letr.org.

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