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Special Olympics athletes deserve much support

When the 2020 Upper Peninsula Winter Games for Special Olympics Michigan Area 36 take place Saturday in Marquette, we hope that many people turn out to watch these athletes giving it their all in competition.

The athletes and coaches will be participating in activities and events before and after the competition but the public is invited to watch the following events:

≤ 1-1:30 p.m. Opening Ceremonies at Rippling River Resort

≤ 1:30-3:30 p.m. Sport Competitions at Rippling River and Marquette Mountain

≤ 3:30-4:30 p.m. Award Ceremonies at Alpine Room at Marquette Mountain

According to its website at specialolympics.org, Special Olympics is the world’s largest sports organization for children and adults with intellectual disabilities and physical disabilities, providing year-round training and competitions to 5 million athletes and Unified Sports partners in 172 countries.

It was founded in 1968 by Eunice Kennedy Shriver and since then, the website states: “Through the power of sports, people with intellectual disabilities discover new strengths and abilities, skills and success. Our athletes find joy, confidence and fulfillment — on the playing field and in life.

“They also inspire people in their communities and elsewhere to open their hearts to a wider world of human talents and potential.”

We should all strive to live by the Special Olympics motto: “Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.”

Those planning to attend are advised to watch the Special Olympics Michigan Area 36 Facebook page for any cancellation updates due to weather.

We wish all these athletes a wonderful day of competition and a lot of fun at the dance later on Saturday. We hope for good weather and great camaraderie for one and all.

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