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Feldmann finalist for national honor

Alexandria's Carol Feldmann was recently honored for all she does with the Special Olympics organization by being named one of the five finalists for the Special Olympics North America 2010 Coach of the Year Award.

The annual award is given to a Special Olympics coach who exceeds the highest standards of excellence through innovative leadership while serving as a role model and mentor to both athletes and coaches.

Feldmann has been doing that for years in Alexandria. The retired teacher has been a Special Olympics volunteer for more than 30 years. Her coaching roles include basketball, track and field, bowling, golf, tennis and swimming. She is also the head coach for the Alexandria adapted bowling team. Her passion for the SO organization drove her to start the Alexandria Lakes Area Special Olympics Minnesota team.

"For over three decades, Carol has given our athletes her undivided attention and respect," sports program director for Special Olympics Minnesota Mike Kane said. "Carol leads our athletes on the practice field and is an advocate in her community for the Special Olympics Minnesota movement. Carol is a true inspiration to all who work with her."

Feldmann received the Distinguished Coach of the Year Award in Minnesota last year. She has also received the honor of coaching tennis teams in the 1991 and 1995 Special Olympics World Games in Minnesota and New Haven, Connecticut.

A total of 14 coaches from all over the United States, Canada and the Caribbean were nominated for the North American Coach of the Year Award. British Columbia's Nanci Martin won the award when it was announced in mid-September. Martin became the first Canadian to win the award since its inception in 2005.