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fordfixer
08-05-2010, 11:30 PM
Sports
Local athlete shines at Special Olympics
Posted: Wednesday, Aug 4th, 2010
BY: Amanda Fry, Staff Writer

http://www.pcrecordtimes.com/v2_news_ar ... ry_id=1778 (http://www.pcrecordtimes.com/v2_news_articles.php?heading=0&page=74&story_id=1778)

Courtesy photo Wheatland Special OIympics participant Jacob McKinley (right) and coach Bill Allison.
For Jacob McKinley, the journey to the National Special Olympics in Lincoln, Neb, began in 2006, when he first participated in the Special Olympics program.

Jacob began Special Olympics in the basketball event. Soon, he moved to the program’s bowling event, and Jacob’s mother, Marilyn, said he “fell in love” with Special Olympics while participating in this event.

Since then, Jacob has also added track and field to his schedule, and at the National games, participated in the 50 meter run, the softball throw, and the standing long jump.

Jacob received a gold in both the softball throw and 50 meter run, and a silver in the long jump.

Marilyn said for her, watching the athletes at the Olympics, from their support of each other to their perseverance in their events, was very special, and they have a capability that goes beyond athletic ability.

For Jacob, Marilyn said the games help him gain confidence, and “he can be him,” when out competing, and there is “complete acceptance” for athletes at the Olympics.

Community support was another positive aspect of the National Games for the McKinleys. Marilyn emphasized the fundraisers, and general community support from Wheatland residents, as “overwhelming.”

“We live in a great community.”

Jacob was coached by Wheatland resident Bill Allison, a former high school track team member and Little League Coach. Now, Bill said he has helped coach for Special Olympics for 2 years.

Bill said the participants are recognized for their efforts only 7 days out of the year, with Wyoming hosting 3 events per year.

“That’s about the only time they really get out and get recognized,” Bill said.

Special Olympics are open to athletes 8 and up. For more information on the program, please contact your local Special Education department.
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eniparadoxgma
08-06-2010, 08:11 AM
Great stuff, FF! :tt2 :tt2 :tt2 :tt2 :tt2

RuthlessBurgher
08-06-2010, 09:43 AM
Cool...I'm sure Mrs. FF has already scrapbooked the article to keep for future reference.

Congrats again, Jacob!

AngryAsian
08-07-2010, 03:08 AM
SWEET!!! Nice bro... parenting is a blessing.

Djfan
08-07-2010, 11:05 AM
VERY VERY VERY COOL!

Brag for a long time, and let him hear it!

RuthlessBurgher
08-07-2010, 01:57 PM
I'd have to guess that of all the countless number of times that fordfixer has linked to a newspaper article for us on this board...this was his favorite. :wink:

jj28west
08-07-2010, 05:25 PM
Awesome Jacob!!!

fordfixer
08-07-2010, 10:58 PM
I'd have to guess that of all the countless number of times that fordfixer has linked to a newspaper article for us on this board...this was his favorite. :wink:


You would be correct :tt1 :tt1 :tt1

kiwi_sarah
08-08-2010, 07:29 AM
Awwww, congrats FF! You must be so proud!

BlitzburghGator
08-23-2010, 11:38 PM
Great story..

Sometimes the bad things going on nowadays gets too much attention, and all the people and effort that goes into great events like this goes overlooked.

Good for your kid, you have every reason to be proud!

fordfixer
08-23-2010, 11:41 PM
Great story..

Sometimes the bad things going on nowadays gets too much attention, and all the people and effort that goes into great events like this goes overlooked.

Good for your kid, you have every reason to be proud!
Thank you and Welcome to the Planet :tt1 :tt1