NORRISTOWN, Pa. (CBS) – A disabled swimmer from Montgomery County, Pa. is leaving this weekend for Athens, Greece, where he will compete in the Special Olympics World Summer Games which begin next Saturday.
Sporting four medals he won in Special Olympics competition in Ireland eight years ago, 31-year-old Franz Knorr of Collegeville, Pa. is looking forward to representing the United States again.
Today, he was given a rousing send-off by his friends at Developmental Enterprises Corporation in Norristown (above), complete with red, white, and blue decorations and a “good luck” cake.
Knorr says he’s trained more than a year for this competition but knows it’s about more than winning:
“Just the achievement to do my very best for my country.”
He’ll swim the 100-meter freestyle, the 100-meter backstroke, and the 200-meter freestyle competitions despite the challenges presented by his cerebral palsy and other developmental disabilities.
In addition to swimming, he’s also an Eagle Scout.
Reported by Brad Segall, KYW Newsradio 1060