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Date posted: 05/08/2014

Be a Part of Something Special at the Special Olympics Opening Ceremonies!

On May 14th, you can join Special Olympics Montana for their annual event that has been going strong for 44 years. The Special Olympics is dedicated to providing physical training for both children and adults with intellectual disabilities. By giving them the opportunity to compete, they are allowed to develop “physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy, and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills, and friendships with their families, other Special Olympics athletes, and the community”. You are invited to join over 1,500 athletes from across Montana as they participate in the Special Olympics. The event is FREE and will be held at the Rimrock Auto Arena. For those that are wondering what to do in Billings MT, be sure to offer your support and participate in this awe-inspiring event! 

The opening ceremony is at 7 p.m. with a pre-show at 5:45 p.m. The pre-show is focused on pumping up the crowd, which starts with a parade of all the athletes. There will also be a number of acts from different people such as the Colstrip High Drum Line, cheer squads from high schools such as Central High, a performance from Sky View Skylights Choir, the entertaining Ignite Stunt Group and more!

One of the highlights of the event will be a performance from ZOOperstars! ZOOperstars!, a group that competed on “America’s Got Talent” and is also a sports entertainment show. It consists of inflatable characters that perform hilarious stunts, intricate maneuvers, dances, and tricks in outrageous and fun costumes. Each character has a unique name such as Tiger Woodschuck, Barack Ollama, Shaquille O’Seal, and Elephant Presley.

Afterwards, there will also be the touching Law Enforcement Torch Run Circle of Honor where there is a memorial invocation for fallen officers. The mission of the Law Enforcement Torch Run is to raise awareness and funds for the Special Olympics worldwide! During this ceremony, the Emerald Award is also given out to a small number of programs that have raised $500,000 or more during one year.

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