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Rain forces cancellation of Special Olympics events in Stillwater

STILL WATER ATHLETES CAME FROM ALL OVER THE STATE FOR THEIR MOMENT TO SHINE. THE Special Olympians have learned that the events they worked so hard for have been canceled today due to rain. KILEY THOMAS FROM KOC-O SPOKEN WITH THEM AND THE ORGANIZERS. SPECIAL OLYMPIC ATHLETES TRAIN FOR WEEKS, EVEN MONTHS FOR THE SUMMER GAMES. BUT DUE TO FLOODED FIELDS LIKE THIS, MANY WOULD NOT HAVE THE CHANCE TO COMPETE. I’m so disappointed that we got up really early this morning and looked outside and went, well, this isn’t good. ON THURSDAY, SPECIAL OLYMPICS OKLAHOMA CANCELED ALL OUTDOOR EVENTS. ORGANIZERS SAYS heavy rain and lightning created dangerous conditions for their athletes. It’s one of the worst decisions I’ve ever had to make, you know, but we’re also looking out for the safety of our people. WE DO NOT WANT TO CANCEL. WE WOULD LIKE TO HAVE AREAS THAT WE CAN MOVE INTO. WE DON’T DO THIS. THE CANCELLATION MEANS HUNDREDS OF ATHLETES CANNOT PARTICIPATE IN THE BIGGEST DAY IN THE SUMMER GAMES, INCLUDING TEAM POTEAU. It takes about 3.5 hours to get here, so it’s a big deal for us. I hope the third time is a charm. HASKELL COMPETES IN SOFTBALL AND TRACK. TOMORROW WILL BE HIS ONLY CHANCE TO PARTICIPATE, BUT HE SAYS IT’S JUST FUN AND GAMES. I HOPE I’M DOING GOOD AND I HOPE TODAY MY BEST DAYS ARE GOOD BECAUSE OUR TEAM IS THE BEST TEAM THERE IS, AND I HOPE THE GOOD TEAMS WILL STAY STRONG. We tried to show them that no matter what you do, you make the best of the situation, because a lot of our kids, this is their vacation. You know, they don’t go anywhere unless they come here. And that’s why we’re so grateful for the Special Olympics and what they do here. TEAM BONO, GOOD

Rain forces cancellation of Special Olympics events in Stillwater, disappointing athletes

The cancellation prevented hundreds of athletes from competing on the biggest day of the Summer Games.

Overnight storms forced the cancellation of Special Olympics events in Stillwater on Thursday, leaving athletes across the state disappointed. “I’m so disappointed,” said Griffin, a 13-year-old Special Olympics athlete who competes in bocce ball. The cancellation of all outdoor events was decided early Thursday morning. “We got up really early this morning, looked outside and said, ‘Well, this isn’t good,'” said Jim Scott, games director for Special Olympics Oklahoma. “It’s one of the worst decisions I’ve ever had to make, but we’re also looking out for the safety of our citizens. We don’t want to cancel. We wish we had areas we could travel to. We don’t just not.” The cancellation prevented hundreds of athletes from competing on the biggest day of the Summer Games. This included the Poteau team. “It takes about three and a half hours to get here, so it’s a big deal for us,” said Poteau assistant coach Barbara Leonard. Despite the cancellation, Haskell, a Special Olympics athlete who competes in softball and track and field, remained optimistic. “I hope this third time is a charm,” Haskell said. “Tomorrow I hope I do good and I hope today my best days are good because our team is the best team ever. And I hope the good team stays strong.” Leonard echoed Haskell’s positive attitude, emphasizing the importance of making the best of the situation. “We’re just trying to show them, no matter what, you make the best of the situation because for a lot of our kids,” she said. “It’s their vacation; they’re not going anywhere unless they come here, and that’s why we’re so grateful to Special Olympics and what they do here.” , sister at Chickasha home Man arrested in connection with child abuse in 2023 death of 5-week-old baby in Oklahoma City Strong winds snap power poles, trees during severe storms in Edmond WATCH : Sky 5 shows storm damage in Oklahoma City metro Severe storms bring large hail, damaging winds to parts of Oklahoma

Overnight storms forced the cancellation of Special Olympics events in Stillwater on Thursday, leaving athletes across the state disappointed.

“I’m so disappointed,” said Griffin, a 13-year-old Special Olympics athlete who competes in bocce ball.

The decision to cancel all outdoor events was made early Thursday morning.

“We got up really early this morning, looked outside and said, ‘Well, this isn’t good,'” said Jim Scott, games director for Special Olympics Oklahoma. “It’s one of the worst decisions I’ve ever had to make, but we’re also looking out for the safety of our citizens. We don’t want to cancel. We wish we had areas we could travel to. We don’t just not.”

The cancellation prevented hundreds of athletes from competing on the biggest day of the Summer Games. This included the Poteau team.

“It takes about three and a half hours to get here, so it’s a big deal for us,” said Poteau assistant coach Barbara Leonard.

Despite the cancellation, Haskell, a Special Olympics athlete who competes in softball and track and field, remained hopeful.

“I hope the third time is a charm,” Haskell said. “Tomorrow I hope I do good and I hope today my best days are good because our team is the best there is. And I hope the good team stays strong.”

Leonard echoed Haskell’s positive attitude, emphasizing the importance of making the best of the situation.

“We’re just trying to show them, no matter what, to make the best of the situation, because for a lot of our kids,” she said. “It’s their vacation; they’re not going anywhere unless they come here, and that’s why we’re so grateful to Special Olympics and what they do here.”


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