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Special Olympians compete in recent competitions

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Haley, Cali, and Kelsey Brown, along with Coach Abby James, take a photo with Smiley the Dog as several Cherokee Special Olympic athletes competed in Ames as part of the Iowa State Special Olympics. Photo contributed
Members of the Special Olympics team from Roosevelt Elementary and the Cherokee Middle School team recently headed to Dordt College in Sioux Center to participate in the District track meet.

The day started windy and cold, but Cherokee athletes didn't let it affect them in their events. The elementary and middle school athletes came home after a successful day with a number of ribbons.

Five Cherokee athletes will advance to the State Meet after earning a blue ribbon at the district meet. These athletes included Ben Nelson, in the boys 12-14 year-old division in the shot put; Annalie Nelson, in the girls 8-11 year-old softball throw; Haley Brown, in the girls 8-11 year-old division in the 50 M dash; Cali Brown, in the girls 8-11 year-old division in the 200 M dash; and Johnathan Stevens, in the boys 8-11 year-old division.

Other athletes that competed in the days events included Zach Driggs, Gregory Johnson, and Kelsey Brown.

The team also traveled to Ames recently to participate in the Special Olympics State Athletics Track Meet.

The team enjoyed a busy day of track events as well as enjoying fun activities provided to the athletes. Haley Brown, 5th grade, brought home a gold metal in the 50M dash; Cali Brown, 5th grade, brought home a gold metal in the 200 M dash; Annalie Nelson, 5th grade, earned a silver metal in the softball throw.

Johnathan Stevens, 5th grade, received a bronze metal in the 100M dash; Ben Nelson, 6th grade, received a 6th place ribbon in the shot put for boys 12-14.

After competing, the athletes enjoyed activities provided by sponsors of the special Olympics. Athletes were able to enjoy a carnival-like atmosphere with a variety of activities, including meeting Iowa State University football players and cheerleaders and watching taekwando demonstrations.

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