Eighty-one athletes are set to compete in the regional Special Olympics games Wednesday. "It's just overall great competition, and it's amazing the wonderful zest for life that people have," said Shaylee Lewis, the Great Northern Area director. Seeing what the athletes can do is a wonderful thing, Lewis, who has been working to organize the games for six years, said. The national Special Olympics organization is celebrating 40 years this year, she said. The games provide opportunities for people with special needs to compete in seasonal sports ranging from snowshoeing to track and field events and from bowling to basketball. Wednesday, beginning at 9 a.m. with opening ceremonies at the Havre Middle School track, athletes from the region, which stretches from Chester to Chinook and picks up outlying areas such as Rocky Boy and Hogeland, will compete in spring sports. Track and field events, such as jogging, throwing and jumping, will be held before a lunch break at 11:30 a.m., and then games continue at 12:15 p.m. With more jumping and throwing events. Awards will be held at 1 p.m. at the Havre Middle School auditorium. At 3:30 p.m. athletes will head over to the Hi-Line Lanes Bowling Alley for the bowling competition. From 6 to 6:30 p.m., athletes will wrap up the day with a dance at the Montana State University-Northern Gym. "It's really good to just have people cheer us on," she added.
Special Olympics set for Wednesday
Published: Monday, April 19th, 2010
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