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Chrisman Athlete Named Special Olympics Missouri Athlete of the Year

Matthew with Mark Musso CEO  of Special Olympics Missouri

Matthew Cepeda, a junior at William Chrisman High School, was named 2012 Special Olympics Missouri Athlete of the Year.

“It was good,” Cepeda said. “It shows that I am respected for my hard work.”

This announcement was made at the annual Special Olympics Missouri Leadership Conference held at the Chateau on the Lake in Branson, MO on Saturday, January 19.

Matthew Cepeda 2012 Special Olympics Athlete of the Year Cepeda was nominated along with 7 other Special Olympics athletes from around the state.

At competitions, Cepeda can always be seen trying his hardest and cheering for others.

What is most impressive about Cepeda is his ability to be a leader in his school. He has   become a huge voice around Missouri, but especially in Kansas City, for recruiting youth volunteers.

He is the chairman for his school's Fan Club and is the co-chair of Missouri's Youth Activation Council.

He has also been co-chair for the Dare to Dream Golf Scramble, a fundraiser to raise  money for Special Olympics Sports Camp, and is a Global Messenger.

Beyond all this, Cepeda gives 100 percent to whatever sport he is playing, which says volumes since he plays eight sports.

These sports include basketball, bowling, bocce, track/field, softball, floor hockey, golf, and horseshoes.