Special Olympics Nebraska athletes celebrate inclusion with kickball match

Published: Jul. 21, 2021 at 3:04 PM CDT
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PAPILLION, Neb. (WOWT) - More than 150 athletes were at Papillion Landing on Tuesday to celebrate inclusion and acceptance with the Special Olympics.

“This is just a big day of celebration,” Sarah Burch said.

And there’s no better way to kick off the celebration with some friendly competition.

Special Olympics Nebraska celebrates inclusion and acceptance, with people of all abilities giving it their all in a couple of games of kickball.

“It allows kids to just be kids. just to play together to share the excitement. they definitely get competitive, wanting to show off their skills.”

Haley Waggoner is a Special Olympic athlete whose main sport is tennis, but she had a good time with Tuesday’s alternative.

“Kickball isn’t really my strong suit, but it is actually quite fun,” Haley said.

Not only has kickball been fun, but it’s also been a good way for her to meet new people.

“I am not as outgoing, so it’s a little bit harder for me to engage,” she said. “But I found my way, and it’s been fun to meet new people and some old.”

And her performance out on the field today? Well, she’s pleased with it.

“Made it to first base; I count that a win,” she said.

The overall event is just a reminder of how this worldwide sports organization has made a difference for many.

“It’s just really cool to hear different people’s stories on how the special Olympics has impacted them, how much they’ve learned from being able to be with people with or without disabilities and how it’s impacted their lives,” Burch said.

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