Local Special Olympians to compete in Nebraska

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Three Marshall County residents are planning to compete in Special Olympics in Nebraska this summer.

"We have three athletes from Marshall and three from Giles with coaches going to National Special Olympics in July at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, Neb.," says Bobby Holly, spokesman for the local Special Olympians.

They are: Ginger Skillington, a bowler; James Ferguson, a golfer, and Ricardo Owens, a power lifter, said Holly whose wife, Sandra, is director of Marshall and Giles counties' Special Olympics.

Meanwhile, there's a Special Olympics event this Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., near the gazebo at Westhills Elementary School, Holly said. He anticipates in excess of 100 contestants and as many volunteers. There were more than 100 at last year's event, he said.

Special Olympians' ages range from 6 to "70-some years old," he said. "We provide sports training and competition for people with mental and or physical disabilities.

"It's also good fellowship, with opportunities for them to interact with their peers, and people with no disabilities," he said.

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