Powell creates Special Olympics team for school

Jan 11, 2013 The Associated Press

POWELL -- For two weeks following the state Special Olympics Fall Games in Casper, several members of the Powell Panthers Special Olympic team could be seen wearing their medals in the halls of their schools.

There was a sense of pride and confidence that doesn't always come easy to students with special needs.

"You love to see when they get a medal and a smile," said Shoshone Learning Center principal Ginger Sleep.

And now the athletes should have plenty of opportunities to get more of both.

Sleep and Park County School District No. 1 adaptive physical education teacher Chris Wolff have worked together, with help from the school board and others providing special need care in the district, to continue the program in an official capacity.

The board approved during its Dec. 11 board meeting funding for a paid sponsor for Special Olympics, making it an official school activity. That sponsor, Wolff, has taken the reins as coach of the team and, along with the students, has learned the benefit the activity has had on students and staff alike.

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