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Special Olympics Minnesota Builds Strong Athletes and Confident Leaders in the Community

For three days in June, over 2,300 athletes gathered in St. Paul, MN to compete for the gold in gymnastics, swimming, track & field, and basketball at the Special Olympics Minnesota Summer Games. These fierce competitors have trained for their events all year, both individually and with teams, but they’ve reaped more than just the physical benefits – this organization offers numerous programs and opportunities that promote health, wellbeing, and development for the special needs community across the state.

For the second year in a row, Special Olympics Minnesota has been named top adaptive sports organization in our Top Spots survey – and we wanted to see for ourselves just what their Summer Games consist of. What we learned is that there is far more to this global movement than just sports and fun (although those are both very present as well).

Abby has been an athlete for more than 16 years and in that time has made incredible leaps in not only her sports, but also her leadership abilities and public speaking  – she gave the commencement address at her high school’s graduation – thanks to the programming offered by Special Olympics. And she’s not alone. With more than 8,200 athletes involved in the organization, there are countless more athletes who have benefitted from this incredible resource available throughout the state.

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Get a sneak peek into the Summer Games and learn more about the organization as we hear from Abby and Special Olympics Minnesota president Dave Dorn by visiting We’ll be following Abby’s journey throughout the year in that same location – so check back for more soon!

Originally published: July 27, 2018