First Special Olympics team begins practicing in Imperial
By Carolyn Lee
The Imperial Republican
Five Special Olympians began practicing their bowling two weeks ago in Imperial. They are on one of six teams local organizers hope to field this next year.
Stephanie Rau said basketball and swimming are also on the fall/winter schedule, while track and field, golf and possibly equestrian teams are planned for spring/summer.
Some of the sports, such as bowling, are “unified,” meaning athletes without disabilities also participate on the team.
Teams compete at the local, regional and state level.
The local group is raising money for travel and other expenses through the sale of Big Red Raffle 2013 tickets.
The grand prize is two season tickets on the 50-yard line for Nebraska Cornhusker games, donated by the Farmers Mutual of Nebraska insurance comany.
Tickets are $5 or a book of five tickets for $20. Other prizes include a $1,000 travel voucher and a 42-inch flat screen television. The winners will be drawn Dec. 6.
Tickets are available from Amber Yaw or at area businesses. Last year the raffle raised $120,000 for Special Olympics Nebraska.
The money raised in Imperial will be set aside in an account that Imperial teams may use for expenses.
For more information contact Rau at (308) 882-4604.