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Smiles abound at Special Olympics | The Gustavian Weekly

By The Weekly Staff | May 10, 2013 | Sports & Fitness

A young athlete celebrates his shotput throw after a Gustavus hockey player measures the distance of the throw. The hockey team, along with other athletic teams and Greek organizations teamed up with SAAC and Kari Eckheart to support the Special Olympics and organize this event. <em>Renee Hoppe</em>

A young athlete celebrates his shotput throw after a Gustavus hockey player measures the distance of the throw. The hockey team, along with other athletic teams and Greek organizations teamed up with SAAC and Kari Eckheart to support the Special Olympics and organize this event. Renee Hoppe

On Sunday May 5, 2013 approximately 200 athletes competed in a Special Olympics track meet at Gustavus. Athletic teams and Greek organizations helped organize and run the event for the athletes and their fans.

Five athletes from LEEP pose for a photo before the opening ceremony begins. LEEP is an organization that coaches athletes who want to compete in Special Olympics. LEEP was one of five Special Olympic teams represented at this event. Mankato LEEP has over 200 members, 80 of which compete in track and field events. The events the athletes participated in ranged from tennis ball throw to wheelchair slolum to the 1500-meter run. The top four finishers in each event received a ribbon. Renee Hoppe

Five athletes from LEEP pose for a photo before the opening ceremony begins. LEEP is an organization that coaches athletes who want to compete in Special Olympics. LEEP was one of five Special Olympic teams represented at this event. Mankato LEEP has over 200 members, 80 of which compete in track and field events. The events the athletes participated in ranged from tennis ball throw to wheelchair slolum to the 1500-meter run. The top four finishers in each event received a ribbon. Renee Hoppe

“My favorite part of the Special Olympics is seeing the athletes smile. I just love watching them have fun.”
—Eric Niesen (Mankato LEEP track coach)