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Montana Special Olympics Kicks Off in Whitefish
More than 300 athletes are expected to compete in the 19th annual Winter Games.
Montana Special Olympics Athlete of the Year Chrissy Siefke, with the Kalispell Krushers, lights the cauldron with the help of Jason Parce, of the Kalispell Police Department, during the opening ceremony.
Special Olympics Montana will host the 2014 State Winter Games at Whitefish Mountain Resort, Feb. 23-25, for the 19th year.

Athletes train for a minimum of eight weeks in alpine skiing, snowboarding, cross country skiing or snowshoeing to prepare for the 2014 Special Olympics Montana Winter Games. More than 300 athletes are expected, along with 150 coaches from 25 communities across Montana. All of this is accomplished with the support of nearly 250 volunteers.

The mission of Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.

To volunteer, contact Karen Kimball, at dryflyk@gmail.com or at 406-837-0319.
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