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Athletes Compete in the 31st Minnesota Special Olympics Tri-Fecta Area III Games

Athletes compete in the 31st Minnesota Special Olympics Tri-Fecta Area III Games Athletes compete in the 31st Minnesota Special Olympics Tri-Fecta Area III Games | 

Created: May 11, 2019 12:59 PM

150 athletes, more than 30 coaches, and 120 volunteers from local scouting organizations came together for the 31st Minnesota Special Olympics Tri-Fecta Area III Games Saturday. The event is typically held earlier in the year. With it fell on Mother's Day weekend this year, carnations were handed out to the athletes' mothers and mentors in the opening ceremonies.

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“It encompasses teams all the way from the Iron Range down to the Moose Lake area," event director Patrick Stojevich said. The event is unique in that athletes can compete in three events including power lifting, aquatics, and basketball. "We are the only nationally known place that allows athletes to complete in three different events for state games,” Stojevich said.

The top athletes from the Area III Games will go on to state. From their, finalists go on to nationals, and those finalists make it to worlds. “I think we’re going to be strong in basketball at the state games, possibly a few of those teams moving onto the nationals," Stojevich said. "And looking at some of those swimmers, they’re swimming away, and with the power lifters, I think we’ve got a really good chance at some nationals, possibly even world games this year.”

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