More than 100 athletes compete at Special Olympics

SHERIDAN — Area IV summer games for the Special Olympics were hosted at Sheridan High School last week with approximately 134 athletes competing on 12 teams.

Sheridan had three separate teams with 50 athletes participating in the games. Of those athletes, 39 placed first in various events.

Special Olympics is founded on the belief that people with intellectual disabilities can enjoy and benefit from team or individual sports.

With practice and encouragement people with disabilities can perform many tasks, organizers say.

According to the organization’s website, the mission of Special Olympics Wyoming is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.

The Wyoming Special Olympic summer games begin Thursday in Laramie.

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