Special Olympics Lures Hundreds of Spectators
KREX News Room
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.- Cheering, clapping, hooting and hollering, that's what went on at Stocker Stadium Tuesday afternoon for Mesa County School District 51's annual Special Olympics.
250 students and 24 schools participated in the 15th annual Special Olympics, with over 1,200 spectators cheering them on.
The participants practiced for eight weeks to prepare for the big day.
"It is incredible to see the support that our students are getting from their classmates, from their families, and from their community. 15 years ago we had less than two dozen in this stadium, today there are more than 1,200 spectators in this stadium," said Michael Ruspil, physical education teacher.
Some of the events included the 50 meter and 100 meter sprint, shot put, wheelchair racing, and the long jump.
The top winners will move on to participate in the state competition, which will be held at Stocker Stadium and Colorado Mesa University June 1 and 2.