Special Olympics

The opening ceremonies for the Special Olympics Winter Games kicked off the event this weekend.

The ceremonies were held at D.C. Everest High School.

Nearly 200 athletes from across the state will compete this weekend in snowshoe racing, cross country, alpine skiing, snow boarding, and speed skating.

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Special Olympics Facts

  • The Special Olympics is an international program of year-round sports training and athletic competition for more than one million children and adults with mental retardation.

  • Special Olympics began in 1968 when Eurnice Kennedy Shriver organized the First International Special Olympics Games at Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois.

  • Since 1968, millions of children and adults with mental retardation have participated in Special Olympics.

  • Special Olympics Chapters are established in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, the Virgin Islands, and American Samoa. About 25,000 communities in the United States have Special Olympics programs.

  • To be eligible to participate Special Olympics, you must be at least eight years old and identified by an agency or professional as having one of the following conditions: mental retardation, cognitive delays as measured by formal assessment, or significant learning or vocational problems due to cognitive delay that require or have required specially-designed instruction.

  • With program offices around the world, Special Olympics conducts more than 16,000 competitions at the world, regional, state/national and local level for over 1 million athletes.

Source: www.specialolympics.org contributed to this report

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