The Eastern Idaho Special Olympics held their regional games at Thunder Stadium today. While it may look like just any other Olympic game, these athletes have a competitive spirit that shines both on and off the field.
Athletes competed in track and field events, basketball, and aquatic events. This event qualifies athletes for the state Special Olympics games which takes place later this month in Moscow.
“I think just seeing that they love to compete for me is always awesome because for so long the misconception has been is that our athletes, you know, are special athletes and that they don’t compete at the same levels” said Holly Giglio, Regional Director of Eastern Idaho Special Olympics.
While several athletes had their first visit to the Special Olympics this year, many have been coming for over 10 and 20 years.
Winners of the events received ribbons for their achievements. Many parents, friends, and volunteers came out to support the event and their fellow athletes.
“It’s just the happiest day to come out here, everyone’s in a good mood, everyone’s trying their best and everyone’s a good sport” said Carol Hoffman, Coach for the Twin Falls Taters team.
Later this month, Special Olympics is hosting a torch relay fundraiser. The Idaho torch relay will be making several stops in Eastern Idaho, you can find more information on their webpage here.