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Craig’s Special Olympics event around the corner

Western Area Games take place May 14

Athletes from across the Western Slope will be in Craig May 14 as part of the Western Area Colorado Spring Special Olympic Games. The event includes a dinner and dance Friday night, followed by track and field and aquatics the following day.

The chance to compete is something everyone in sports strives for, and a select group of athletes will have their shot next week.

The Western Area Colorado Spring Special Olympic GamesWestern Area Colorado Spring Special Olympic Games takes place in Craig May 14, allowing those with disabilities to show their skills. This year’s Olympics will include both track and field and aquatics with the facilities at takes place in Craig May 14, allowing those with disabilities to show their skills. This year's Olympics will include both track and field and aquatics with the facilities at Moffat County High SchoolMoffat County High School..

Western Area Colorado Spring Special Olympic Games takes place in Craig May 14, allowing those with disabilities to show their skills. This year's Olympics will include both track and field and aquatics with the facilities at Moffat County High School.

The weekend starts with a dinner and dance beginning at 6 p.m. Friday at the Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavilion for participants and their families.

Craig's Michelle Powers is an organizer for the evening activities. As a parent of a Special Olympics athlete, she loves the annual get-together and everything that comes with it.

"They get so excited when they win and even if they don't win," she said. "The way they interact, help each other out and cheer each other on, it's good to see."

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Michelle has been involved with Special Olympics for about seven years, and her 15-year-old son, Derek, will compete in the swimming event.

"He can't really do regular sports, so it's nice to have a sport that he can do and excel at," she said.

The big day starts with a 7 a.m. breakfast at McDonald's for athletes, followed by registration at the school and the torch run starting at the parking lot of the former Safeway, leading up to the opening ceremonies taking place at 9 a.m. at MCHS.

Dan Severson oversees the day's events on behalf of Craig Kiwanis Club. About 80 to 100 athletes are expected to attend from Craig, Steamboat Springs, Frisco, Montrose, Olathe and Delta.

While the event isn't hurting for volunteers, Severson hopes spectators will be numerous.

"Just go in the stands and cheer these kids on," he said.

Julie Fite, Wetsern Area manager for Special Olympics, said she loves the community support the Craig event regularly sees from businesses, organizations and individuals and hopes people will outdo themselves.

"Those stands (at MCHS) are pretty big, and it'd be great if we could fill them up," she said.

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