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Special Olympics holds first ever athletic event

The Special Olympics put together an event for kids with special needs to socialize, learn and grow.

Posted: Dec. 9, 2018 9:32 PM
Updated: Dec. 10, 2018 8:17 AM

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo) For those with special needs, finding activities to do can be a challenge. Volunteers with the northwest Missouri chapter of the Special Olympics understand just how hard it can be.

"When I was putting this together, I wanted to kind of have something out here that would attract everyone," Coordinator Sam Gilgour said. "This isn’t just about the kids, it's about spreading the word about what’s out there for people to do."

The event helps those with disabilities interact with others in a positive way. There are obstacle courses and activities to keep kids busy.

"This program is for kids 3-to-7," Heideman said. "Once they reach 8, they can be involved in the Special Olympics program." 

For more information about the Special Olympics in northwest Missouri, visit their office location at 702 S Woodbine Rd. 

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