2017 Spirit of Special Olympics Athlete of the Year

Chris Perdue is a snowboarder—among the first to take up the sport when it became an official Winter Games event in Indiana and among the best in the years since—and in the last year has achieved a great deal through his work on the slopes, including winning gold at the Special Olympics World Winter Games.

2017 Spirit of Special Olympics Coach of the Year

Juanita Garten Eacret has served as Benton County Coordinator since 1982, and over the course of last 35 years has served as head coach for many sports at one time or another. During her coaching career, Juanita has coached countless athletes in bowling, gymnastics, swimming, track & field, and powerlifting.

2017 Spirit of Special Olympics Family of the Year

Special Olympics athlete Lindsay “Lin” Hanna, her brother Josh, and her parents, Art and Sue, have been involved with our Washington Township program since 1997, when Lin and Art began competing in golf as unified partners. In the 20 years since, the Hanna’s have been a steady presence in their local program and have made their mark on all whose paths they’ve crossed.

2017 Spirit of Special Olympics LETR Officer of the Year

As the largest grass-roots fundraiser and public awareness vehicle for Special Olympics, the Law Enforcement Torch Run® (LETR) relies on officers and staff from law enforcement agencies around the world to become active in volunteering and raising money for local programs. In Indiana, Officer Chapman has distinguished himself over the past four years as one of the most dedicated and reliable supporters of the Special Olympics movement.

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