WAKE UP WISCONSIN (WAOW)-- This week's winners are the kids and adults who are part of the Everest Area Special Olympics!
The group is one of 28 agencies in North Central Wisconsin.
It's made up of athletes and volunteer coaches who have cognitive disabilities.
The participants train and play in different sports competitions.
Their mission statement is, 'Let Me Win, But If I Cannot Win, Let Me Be Brave In The Attempt.'
Recently, the athletes had the opportunity to play in a very special basketball game against Korean exchange students from Northland Lutheran High School in Mosinee. Northland Lutheran has been a strong supporter of the Everest Special Olympics for many years.
Last week, the athletes and coaches, along with 39 other teams went to Menomonie for a regional competition.
In preparation for the big tournament, the athletes participated in three other tournaments.
Currently, they're training for a track and field competition in Merrill in May.
In the fall they participate in bowling and basketball.
Group organizers say the Special Olympics benefits those who are involved, physically, mentally, and socially.
Families are able to find a network of people with similar questions and concerns, and feel united.
Not only does this promote good relationships and teamwork, but also fitness.
And it's no surprise what type of message they send to the public...one of inspiration.
If you're interested in learning more about the organization, and how you can volunteer, call Cheryl at 359-9134 or 370-0890 or e-mail Cheryl at email@example.com
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