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Special Olympics Stakeout Ends

By: Sabrina Wu
By: Sabrina Wu

With temperatures dropping, camping is probably the last things on the minds of a lot of people.

From Friday evening until Sunday afternoon, police officers all over Wisconsin, however, stationed themselves in tents atop their local Shopko. The retail chain has been a partner of Special Olympics Wisconsin since 1994.

The annual campout is part of an effort to raise awareness for Special Olympics. This year the organization's goal is to raise $2,500.

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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