Special Olympics Wyoming hosts annual softball tournament at Summer Sports Classic

Published: Aug. 8, 2021 at 1:24 PM CDT
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CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) -Athletes from across the state came out to Casper this weekend for Special Olympics Wyoming’s Summer Sports Classic. The event kicked off with a golf tournament on Friday and concluded with softball and cycling on Saturday. This year’s Summer Sports Classic is the first full team competition Special Olympics Wyoming has done in person since the pandemic.

“We’re just so pleased to have all of our athletes back. It’s been like a great almost family reunion today. Everybody’s come back, you know, high-fiving and of course keeping some protocols and sanitation but just a really, really great day” said Jen Haines, the CEO and President of Special Olympics Wyoming.

Athletes from across the state enjoyed being able to show off their softball talents in both team and individual skills competitions.

Courtney Landon, the pitcher for Cheyenne’s Unified team, says one of his favorite parts about the game is getting to throw strikes, but the best part is the friendships that come out of it.

“Just watch some of my friends play,” said Landon.

Casper Unified took home the gold at the softball tournament, but athletes, coaches, and Special Olympics Wyoming staff say they all feel like winners just being back together.

“A lot of big smiles that I’ve seen....a lot of friends reconnecting from around the state, and so again again very, very pleased to have folks back in action and get together as the Special Olympics Wyoming family,” said Haines.

Special Olympics Wyoming wants to thank each athlete’s family, friends, and community for supporting them this weekend.

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