Community Supports Special Olympics

By: Sonia Randev
By: Sonia Randev

Twenty-five-year-old Jennifer Ruley has been participating in the Special Olympics since she was eight. She says it’s events like these, which really make the Special Olympics a success.

"I live with my parents and some of these people have caregivers, that can not send them or take them anywhere," says Ruley

Every year, Area 5 Special Olympics challenge more than 160 athletes in 23 different sports. This year the goal is to raise $18,000.

"They need money for equipment, to train, and to compete in their sport," says Case. This is the eighth year that the event has been held and organizers say it keeps getting better every year.

Case says through the years, community awareness and support has increased. This year, volunteers donated their time with everything from bake sales to face painting, and also live music.

Eleven-year-old Kelsey Shutz says kids at school have called her names, and although that can be extremely hard to handle, she says participating in the wheelchair games have given her the confidence and self esteem she needs.

"I've been feeling good about these games. I've won trophies that say shock put," says Shutz.

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