April 6, 2018 - 12:53 am - Posted in News

Sioux Center, Iowa — An opportunity for individuals with disabilities is coming up in Sioux Center next Saturday, April 14th.

The Special Olympics of Northwest Iowa Track and Field Spring Games will be held that day at the Sioux Center Athletic Field.

We talked to Peg Koele from Hull with Special Olympics. She tells us what’s going on.

She says that number is somewhat dependant on the weather, however.

She says the athletes come from a wide variety of situations.

Athletes come from Lyon, Osceola, Sioux, O’Brien, Plymouth, Cherokee, Woodbury, Ida, Monona, and Crawford counties. Koele says that individuals and teams are all welcome to participate and most events are free.

She gives us an idea of some of the events in which people participate.

She says athletes may participate in two events and run with a relay team. There are 400 athletes registered to participate from the ages of 8 to 70 years old.

Opening ceremonies are scheduled to begin at 9:30 am. The track and field events begin at 9:45 and the last relay is scheduled for 1:15 pm. No admission fee is charged — it’s free for all spectators.

Over 160 volunteers help to make the day a great success, according to Koele.

She says first place winners will compete in Ames on May 17-19 at the Special Olympics State Summer Games.

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