Special Olympics

Miss Nampa, Sarah Downs, volunteered at the Idaho Special Olympics Opening Ceremonies earlier this month. The event was held at the Cathedral of the Rockies. The opening ceremony kicked off the games weekend for the state-wide tournament.

The ceremony recognized all of the teams that were competing. Several speakers, including athletes, were invited to come and inspire everyone to work hard and live their dreams. There was also a push to end the “R” word; high school students showed their video creation that they took to competition. Sarah was there as a volunteer but was asked to be a co-host while she was there. "I was asked to cost host with our Bronco Girl on the spot by Janelle, the volunteer coordinator! She said, "You never know what you’ll be asked to do, but that’s part of the fun!"

For those of you who don't know, the Bronco Girl, Chelsey, is the girl who rides the bronco on the field with the football team during games – pretty awesome! Sarah said, "The excitement was the best memory I took away from my experience. Everyone was happy, giving hugs, cheering, and just plain excited and amped up for the games. Win or lose, those athletes made me realize that nothing can hold me back if I put in the effort and the attitude. I’ll definitely be volunteering with the Special Olympics again."

All of the athletes were very welcoming and they thought I was a real princess. I got a proposal and was asked to dance as well! I also met Tom, another volunteer. We had a lot in common and I had a great time with everyone. It turned out to be one of my favorite appearances so far. There is nothing better than being in an environment where no one is judging anyone, and everyone is supportive and loving."

Sarah had a great time volunteering and you can too! The Special Olympics is always looking for volunteers. Their website makes it easy to volunteer at any event. No experience necessary!

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