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Our View: Something Special to see

Our view

Annual Special Olympics games in Craig often overlooked in discussion on Craig's most noteworthy events

It’s not often life presents us with the chance to witness firsthand people bravely overcoming their difficulties and succeeding in such a triumphant manner.

But that’s exactly the opportunity Craig and Moffat County residents have today during the Special Olympics Colorado Western Area Summer Games at Moffat County High School.

The games feature more than 100 athletes who have varying degrees of disabilities. They are from across the Western Slope, and they compete in track and field and aquatics events.

If you haven’t been to one of these events and seen the joy on an athlete’s face from performing well in an event or even win a medal, you are truly missing out on something special.

To its credit, Craig has served as a wonderful host site for the Special Olympics for more than 30 years, has provided numerous volunteers – this year, there are more than 50 – to coordinate the games, and had an assortment of businesses pony up donations, all in support of the Special Olympics and its athletes.

These facts, Editorial Board members contend, exemplify the community’s giving and compassionate spirit.

Too often, in the discussion about our community’s signature events, the Special Olympics gets overlooked for the mainstream, tourist-attracting, revenue-producing happenings such as Grand Olde West Days, Whittle the Wood Rendezvous, Art Walk, or any number of others.

Although there certainly is a financial benefit to hosting the Special Olympics for the community, the payoff is more than dollars and cents can quantify. Giving, it has been said, is better than receiving, and it speaks volumes about the measure of our residents and businesses that they give so freely of themselves and resources on behalf of someone else.

If there is one concern the Editorial Board has about the Special Olympics in Craig, it’s that public participation, in the way of spectators at least, could be greater.

Cheryl Chase, a long-time Special Olympics coach and an organizer of this year’s games, said Thursday she’d like to see the high school bleachers packed with fans, just like it is at a Friday night football game.

The Editorial Board couldn’t say it any better.

The Special Olympics torch run – the symbolic event kicking off the games – begins at 8:45 a.m. today at the Safeway parking lot, and the games begin at 9:15 a.m. at the high school.

Take some time from your day today, and go watch these athletes perform. It won’t take you long to realize how truly special an event it is you’re privileged enough to see.

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