The Ultimate Challenge

Wichita, KS, Mail Handler Lenard Hostetler, Special Olympian Casey Hostetler, and Casey’s mother Gloria Hostetler.

Wichita, KS, Mail Handler Lenard Hostetler, Special Olympian Casey Hostetler, and Casey’s mother Gloria Hostetler.

The 2015 Special Olympics World Games began this past Saturday with the highly anticipated opening ceremony. More than 7,000 athletes from 177 countries around the world converged in Los Angeles, CA, to test their competitive prowess in 25 different sports. Participating in this year’s games is the daughter of a mail handler in Wichita, KS.

Casey Hostetler, daughter of Mail Handler Lenard Hostetler, is competing this week in the sport of tennis. She will test her polished skills against those of other athletes in the highly competitive sport.

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Special Olympian Casey Hostetler.

“I am excited to have the opportunity to meet new people from around the world and make new friends,” said Casey. “I want to win for myself, my team and my family and my friends who have supported me.”

In addition to this year’s Olympic challenge, Casey also participated in the 2009 Special Olympics World Winter Games in Boise, ID. Her snowshoeing expertise enabled her to bring home 2 silver medals.

Young Letter Writers Eager to Share Thoughts

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To support Special Olympics USA athletes in the upcoming Summer Games, the Postal Service created a special letter writing campaign designed to encourage the public to send words of inspiration to the talented athletes

Wesley, IA, Postal Support Employee and schoolteacher Amanda Studer eagerly adopted the campaign. She taught her 4H Afterschool Program students about folded, stamped and letter mail, and encouraged them to write their words of support to the Special Olympic athletes.

The class not only enjoyed the activity, they were also excited to have the chance to communicate with Olympians.

If you would like to send a letter of encouragement to Special Olympics USA athletes, direct your letters to:

Special Olympics USA
c/o National Events
475 L’Enfant Plaza SW, RM 10545
Washington, D.C. 20260

For more information on the letter writing campaign, go to the June 2 edition of by click here:

Special Olympics Letter Writing Campaign

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Letter Writing Campaign

In honor of the release of the Special Olympics World Games Forever stamp, the U.S. Postal Service is inviting the American public to write letters of encouragement to Special Olympics USA athletes.

Here are some tips to get you started:

  • Start with a salutation, such as “Dear Athlete” or “Dear Special Olympics athlete.”
  • Express your thanks to them for representing the United States at the World Games.
  • Share a little about yourself: family, hobbies, school, or pets.
  • Talk about your favorite sport or event at the World Games.
  • Still can’t find the words to express your support? Draw a picture instead using the Special Olympics World Games logo!
  • Use your first name only and no addresses please.
  • Please do not include, nor ask for, personal contact information such as names, phone numbers, or e-mail addresses.

Mail your letters to:

Special Olympics USA
c/o National Events
475 L’Enfant Plaza SW, RM 10545
Washington, D.C. 20260

Sending letters and cards through the mail is a meaningful, more joyful way to connect with one another, and a handwritten letter or colorful drawing has a greater impact than an email or text. Show your love and support for athletes competing in the Special Olympics World Games.

Special Olympics World Games

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This year, the U.S. Postal Service celebrates the 2015 Special Olympics World Games, the flagship event of the Special Olympics movement. The Games will be held in Los Angeles from July 25 to August 2. More than half a million spectators will enjoy nine days of challenging and inspiring international competition as more than 7,000 athletes from 177 countries will compete in 25 Olympic-type sports. It will be the first time the Special Olympics World Summer Games have been held in the United States since 1999.

The stamp features the 2015 Special Olympics World Games Los Angeles logo, showcasing the colors of flags from participating countries. “The logo’s celebratory figure represents the courage, determination and joy of our athletes,” says Patrick McClenahan, president and chief executive officer of the 2015 Games. “Placing the iconic image inside the circle represents acceptance and inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities.”

The stamp set is now available for purchase at, the Postal Store, at 800-STAMP24 (800-782-6724) and at Post Offices nationwide or visit to shop for a wide variety of postage stamps and collectibles.

Flame of Hope

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Before the Special Olympics World Games begins on July 25, its symbol, the Flame of Hope, will be carried across the United States on foot to Los Angeles, the host city for the 2015 games.

Beginning its journey from Athens, Greece, the flame recently made its way to the East Coast of the United States. It was then split into three distinct flames yesterday and began the nearly month-and-a-half long trek throughout all 50 states along three separate routes. The flames will then converge in Los Angeles on July 10 where they will be reunited into one and serve as the centerpiece for this year’s games.

Throughout the flames’ journey, cities across the United States will celebrate the travelling icon by hosting evening celebrations. To find out when the Flame of Hope will travel through a location near you, go to

No Stranger to Competition


On the weekend of June 1-2, 2013, the largest Special Olympic sporting event of the year in the state of Colorado was held in Grand Junction. More than 1,100 top athletes from around the state gathered together to participate in powerlifting, track and field, soccer, swimming, and many other challenging events. One of these talent individuals included a Special Olympic veteran at the Postal Service.

Dave Sylvester is a custodian at the South Denver Station in Denver, CO, and he’s no stranger to competition. Dave has been participating in the Special Olympics for the past 20 years, and has no intention of retiring any time soon.

“I’ll be competing next year too,” said Dave.

Besides being a dedicated Olympian, he’s also a successful one. During the Summer Games, Dave ranked within the top three spots in three separate events. He placed first in the shot put competition, earning a gold medal. He also placed second in the standing long jump for a silver medal and third in the 50-meter run for a bronze.

Asked how he manages to remain successful after many years of competition, Dave explains that he maintains an active lifestyle.

“I enjoy bike riding, lifting weights, and bowling,” said Dave.

With Dave’s continued focus on staying in shape and sharpening his skills, next year’s Summer Olympians will have a challenging time surpassing his athletic prowess.

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