Special Olympics athletes compete at Kolf this weekend


OSHKOSH – Nearly 900 Special Olympics athletes from across Wisconsin are going for the gold this weekend.

UW-Oshkosh is hosting the State Indoor Sports Tournament for the 38th year in a row.

The events include basketball skills, team basketball and rhythmic and artistic gymnastics.

It takes 300 coaches and another 300 volunteers to put on the event, but organizers say it’s worth it.

“It’s a great way for them to become more independent, build confidence and self-esteem, make new friends, be part of a team and learn about sportsmanship, and, you know, in Special Olympics it’s not about winning or losing. It’s all about trying your best and that’s what you see here today,” said Christina Harris with Special Olympics Wisconsin.

In addition to the competitions, athletes received free eye, ear, dental and fitness screenings from volunteer medical professionals.

The tournament at the Kolf Sports Center wraps up Sunday.

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