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Come cheer them on: Kreider athletes to participate in Special Olympic games

October 10, 2018

DIXON – Ninety Kreider Services clients will participate in Special Olympics Motor Activity Training Program games from 10 a.m. to noon Friday in the park behind Kreider at 500 Anchor Road.

The program trains athletes with severe or profound intellectual disabilities, who are unable to participate in official Special Olympics competitions, for sports appropriate for their abilities. No athletes are excluded.

The Kreider Services choir will open the game with the National Anthem, then participants will navigate a series of stations and tasks that include visual and auditory tracking, the use of gross and fine motor skills, cause-and-effect learning activities, and movement activities.

The games stimulate all five senses, and take into account the athletes’ individual needs and preferences.

Rockton’s nonprofit Hononegah Archery, which teaches archery to the disabled, also will participate, and owner Jeremy Oster will demonstrate an off-road wheelchair he developed for use in outdoor sports.

The movie “Brave,” will be shown.

​Kreider’s annual wheelchair football game begins at 1:30 p.m. in the park at James’ Court.

All participants receive a medal, which Lee County Sheriff John Simonton will help present.

If it rains, the games will move inside the Dixon Elks Lodge, 1279 Franklin Grove Road.

Volunteers are needed; call Lisa Olson or Becky Reilly at 815-288-6691 to volunteer or for more information.

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