In the Community: Special Olympics


Earlier this month, 550 athletes from across North Dakota journeyed to Fargo to compete in the 2016 Special Olympics North Dakota State Summer Games. These athletes faced off in track & field, aquatics, bocce, powerlifting, and unified volleyball.

Along with the athletes came their volunteer coaches, whose numbers included HEI's Nic Cullen. Nic helped organize and mentor a delegation from Bismarck that included 92 athletes who ranged in age from 12 to 83.

Nic said that, while the Special Olympics are a competition, that his athletes "are just as excited getting a first place medal as they are receiving an eighth place ribbon." He said the ear-to-ear grins bring on a great feeling!

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Special Olympics group of athletes Special Olympics group on benches watching events

Special Olympics group of wrestlers

Special Olympics group photo