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Fallbrook's first Special Olympics team forms


Last updated 6/14/2012 at Noon

Members of the very first Special Olympics team to represent Fallbrook include, from left, front row, Karrie Almendarez, Amie Almendarez, Kristin Moore, John Feskanich; back row, Evan White, Kim Fox, Mike Radford, Danny Morales, Dani Norwood, Jeana Rubio, Bruce James, and Ryan Duralia. Not shown, Jared Anderson.

For the very first time, Fallbrook has its own Special Olympics team. Local residents Linda White and Lisa Almendarez worked with the Special Olympics Southern California organization to start the program. Starting in April, 12 to 15 adult athletes began practicing basketball in the multi-purpose room at Christ the King Lutheran Church on Monday afternoons.

Coach Steve Ploetz, assistant coach Kathy Fortenberry, as well as several other volunteers assisted the team, named the Shooting Stars. Its members are all longtime Fallbrook residents who grew up together and now attend the day program...

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