"Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt."
Special Olympics was founded in 1968 by Eunice Kennedy Shriver with the belief that individuals with intellectual disabilities could participate in their communities and in life. It is the largest, fastest-growing sports program in the world, representing 2 million intellectually disabled athletes in more than 150 countries.
Special Olympics Minnesota began in 1973. Currently, more than 6000 Minnesotans with intellectual disabilities participate and compete in 18 Olympic-type sports ranging from alpine skiing to aquatics to volleyball. Atheletes are eligible for training at age six and for competition on the day of their eighth birthday. There is no upper age limit for participation. Special Olympics Minnesota divides the state into 12 competition areas with more than 190 active delegations. For more information on Special Olympics minnesota and the programs offered visit www.specialolympicsminnesota.org.
Marshall Schools Delegation
Marshall and the surrounding area has a delegation of 10 athletes ranging in age from 9-20. The delegation is coached by Marilyn Strate and Frankie Albitz, both certified at Level II, and the SMSU students, certified at Level I and Level II. These athletes are able to compete in five different sports: aquatics, athletics, unified basketball, bowling, and Motor Activities Training Program (MATP). Practices are held at SMSU and the outdoor track at MJHS in Spring. Marshall Schools Delegation is a part of the Area 8 program of Special Olympics Minnesota.
Below are the twelve athletes of the Marshall Schools Delegation.
|Kevin Mathiowetz||Granite Falls|
|Cameron McPhail||Granite Falls|
March 30, 2008-
May 3, 2008-
October 4, 2008-
March 26, 2009-