The Minnesota Special Olympics Summer Games get underway Thursday at Stillwater Area High School.
Our local team, the St. Croix Valley Lumberjacks, will host the Summer Games and compete against hundreds of athletes from around the state during the three-day event.
The Summer’s Games kickoff Thursday at 11 a.m. and run through Saturday, June 28 featuring track and field events, gymnastics, tennis and volleyball.
A 5K Walk/Run will happen from 3:30-7 p.m. Friday, June 27 as part of the opening ceremonies.
The St. Croix Valley Lumberjacks started in 2002 with 15 athletes and 10 coaches, Velvet Peterson said. The group was started by Karen Crotty, who retired from Head Of Delegations in November 2013.
The team currently serves 132 athletes through the year in various sports that include Track & Field, basketball, bowling, golf, flag football, skiing, snowboarding, swimming and bocce ball.
The Lumberjacks currently serve 132 athletes throughout the year and have 82 coaches and volunteers. Pete Wildes is the Head Of Delegations for the St Croix Valley Lumberjacks Special Olympics Team, who always welcome new athletes to the program and are happy to accept volunteers.
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