BOZEMAN, Mont. — The first Special Olympics summer games in three years kicked off in Bozeman.
Over 700-athletes are fired up and ready to go inside Brick Breeden Fieldhouse.
“They are very excited,” Communications director of the Special Olympics of Montana Kristi Osterlund said. “Competition started this morning and continues through Friday but they are also excited for the social aspect.”
On top of the seven different sports athletes can compete in a dance and a carnival is also being held.
Brick Breeden Fieldhouse is rocking and the fun doesn’t stop in Bozeman for these athletes.
“This is the big one for the summer but we are a year round organization,” Osterlund said. “We have basketball tournaments in the fall, and bowling in the winter so these athletes are usually competing or involved at least 55 days a year.”
Nearly 75 Special Olympics events will take place this summer in Montana, and volunteers play a crucial role in helping make it all happen.
“Everyone has value and everyone deserves to be respected which is something that I am able to witness every day and act through on my life with the organization,” Osterlund said. “It is a wonderful opportunity and I encourage anyone who has the availability to volunteer to do so in their community.”
Click here to learn how to volunteer for the Special Olympics of Montana.