E-mail Story   Print Story
  Comments (0) Total Thursday Apr. 24, 2014
 
Special Olympics Celebrating 19 Years at State Games in Whitefish
More than 300 athletes are expected, along with 150 coaches from 25 communities across Montana
Special Olympics Montana is pleased to announce that the 2014 State Winter Games is returning to 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.

Athletes and families have the opportunity to enjoy other special events during their stay in the Whitefish area. Some of the events include opening and closing ceremonies, athlete victory banquet, the dance and carnival, the families luncheon and much more to create a memorable experience.

The public is invited to line Central Avenue from 3rd St. to Railway St. for the Parade of Athletes beginning at 4 p.m. on Sunday, and then accompany the athletes to the opening ceremonies in Depot Park. The parade of athletes and ceremonies include the ceremonial lighting of the Special Olympics Cauldron as well as other exciting festivities.

In addition, businesses or individuals interested in tournament sponsorship opportunities should contact Jim Lawrence, VP Development, at 406-216-5327 or jlawrence@somt.org

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.
 
No comments have been posted for this article.

 
Kellyn Brown
Kellyn Brown3h
@kellynbrown
Former pro skier has plans for an academy for young adults looking to train in the outdoors http://t.co/YFOI9pdVVf http://t.co/R8NCamjqUD
Dillon Tabish
Dillon Tabish3h
@djtabish
Former pro skier has plans for an academy for young adults looking to train in the outdoors http://t.co/YFOI9pdVVf http://t.co/R8NCamjqUD
Molly Priddy
Molly Priddy38m
@mollypriddy
@FABarnhill @EmilieRSaunders Call me when you've started organizing your own hands. "Left pinkie." "Left ring finger" etc.
Tristan Scott
Tristan Scott34m
@tristanscott
@ClimbGlacier @hike734 @erichpeitzsch @bradlamson Need to compile list of impressive climbing/enduro feats in MT. Msg me with ideas.
Flathead Beacon
FB Headlines2h
@flatheadbeacon