Special Olympics Connecticut is gearing up for the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games.
"Let's hear it for Team Connecticut," said Tom Joyce, Special Olympics board of directors member.
An enthusiastic crowd cheered on 76 athletes and 22 coaches at Chelsea Piers CT Tuesday. The athletes will compete in New Jersey in June.
Two-time olympic soccer gold medalist Kristine Lilly was named the team's honorary head coach. WWE is also a big supporter.
"You're passion, you're dedication, you're hard work motivate WWE Superstars and Divas and people all around the world," said Stephanie McMahon, Executive Vice President, Creative at WWE. WWE is the Team Connecticut sponsor.
McMahon was named an honorary team chairperson.
"This is my home state, I was born here," said McMahon, "and I'm so proud to go to the USA Games and support my team."
The athletes will train locally in traditional sports, for individuals with intellectual disabilities, and Unified Sports, for athletes with and without disabilities.
"Whether it's the Olympics, whether it's Paralympics, or whether it's Special Olympics, you are athletes," said Loretta Claiborne, a world-class runner, motivational speaker and Special Olympics athlete.
"I want you to go out there and be your best for Connecticut."
The competition will take place June 14 through 21.