Saturday, March 12, 2011

Special Olympics

Yesterday and today we spent the afternoons watching the South Dakota State Special Olympics Basketball tournament.  More than 500 athletes were competing from all around the state.  If you ever get a chance to attend a Special Olympics event,  you won't regret it.  The athletes are so happy about playing, so proud of their abilities, and for the most part, they are playing for the right reasons- to have fun!  We saw some athletes being given the chance to shoot over and over again, by both teams, so they cold have the thrill of making a basket.  We saw more volunteers show up than were needed, coaches volunteering alot of time to train these athletes, and families following their athletes from game to game, cheering them on.

Tanner taking the tip off.

Luke, Tanner, Grandma Lee, Michelle (me)
Special Olympics gives these kids and adults a chance to experience the excitement of participating in sports and the comraderie of being part of a team.  I can't say enough good things about this organization.

We are very proud of OUR athlete- wonderful job today, Tanner.  

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