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Craig man honored for work with Special Olympics

Dan Severson

For local Special Olympians, the trip to the summer games in Grand Junction started in Craig at the Western Region Spring Games.

And for the 10th year in a row, Games Director Dan Severson organized Craig's spring games.

Severson was honored by Special Olympics Colorado with the title "Volunteer of the Month" for the month of May.

"The only way it (the spring games) works is with the help of all the volunteers, including the Kiwanis Club guys. The honor should go to all of them," Severson said.

Severson has sponsored the organization for over 25 years, has volunteered for 15 years as part of the Kiwanis Club of Craig, and has been the Games Director of the Craig Spring Games for 10 years.

"He spends countless hours preparing for the Craig Springs Game to make sure the games are run smoothly," stated the Special Olympics Colorado website.

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Severson is part of a large group of volunteers, including his own children who he believes have learned a lot about acceptance.

"They (Special Olympians) might walk a little funny, look a little funny, but they really are just like us," Severson said.

Over the years he's come to know many of the athletes. Some call him by name and others shower him with hugs.

When asked how he felt about the results achieved by local Special Olympians at the summer games Severson said, "It's not how good you performed, but that you did it. That they did well is icing on the cake."

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