Today thousands came out to compete in the second day of the Special Olympics of Wisconsin. Everyone was all smiles and hugs as the athletes competed in athletics, aquatics and soccer.
"Our athletes are at the center of everything we do, and they motivate me," said Christina Harris, director of communications. "They really show that it's not about winning or losing. It's about getting out there and trying your best."
Athletes and volunteers also enjoyed Bingo, Zumba and karaoke inside the U-W Stevens Point's Health Enhancement Center.
Free hearing, vision and fitness screenings were also offered to athletes with a medical record on file. And thanks to a $25,000 grant from the Delta Dental of Wisconsin, athletes were able to enjoy free oral health screenings.
"We are really proud of this partnership," said Ann Boson, director of charitable funds for Delta Dental. "The employees that are involved here today are having a wonderful time really getting a feel for why we do what we do."
The Special Smiles Program also provides athletes free oral health education like how to properly brush your teeth and floss. Delta Dental has been donating to the Special Olympics since 2002, which helps keep the special smiles program running.