Special Olympics Underway

By: Amanda Lutz
By: Amanda Lutz

The energy at Thursday's opening ceremonies was definitely of "olympic" proportions. And these athletes are fired up and ready to compete this weekend at the Special Olympics at UW-Stevens Point.

But before they do, there needs to be a little celebrating.

Hundreds of athletes filled into the track for a big parade and pre-olympic party to kick off the summer games.

They're coming from all over the state to compete in track and field, swimming, soccer, and basketball...just to name a few events.

Law enforcement officers and volunteers from across the state were on hand to wish the athletes luck as they poured in.

Besides competeing and going for the gold, local athletes say the best part about coming to the games is meeting lots of new faces.
Steven Lenon
Special Olympics Athlete from Waupaca

"You meet a lot of people and it's a lot of fun to be here at state," says athlete Steven Lenon from Waupaca.

"You see a lot of friends and a lot of people, and the people who hold this here and put on all these great events," says athlete Steven Dorf from Wausau.

And all these people were definitely getting jiggy with it...including NewsChannel 7's own Jeff Thelen--one of the emcee's for the opening ceremonies. And the UW-Madison marching band was also on hand to pump up the crowd.

The events are going on through Saturday and they're free of charge, so everyone is welcome to cheer on the atheltes. And volunteers are still needed to help out tomorrow and saturday as well.

You can get a schedule and more information from the Special Olympic website at www.specialolympicswisconsin.org.