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Swimmer raises thousands for Special Olympics Missouri team

With the help of family and supporters, Elizabeth "Libby" Waddell raised $4,090, more than double the required amount. Team Missouri will compete in the Special Olympics National USA Games in New Jersey on June 14-21.

Special Olympics swimmer began career with fun and games

It all started with fun, small games for Zane Zika, who won three gold medals at Saturday's Special Olympics Missouri State Summer Games.

Pleasant Hope students battle the 'R-word' in Special Olympics Missouri video contest

Students at Pleasant Hope High School won an all-expenses-paid trip to volunteer at the Special Olympics Missouri State Summer Games for producing a video speaking out against the derogatory term known as the 'R-word.'

 

Brother supports Special Olympian as volunteer, partner

Over the past four years, Adam Alghalith has become a guardian and coach for his older brother Sami, who has Down syndrome, through volunteering in Sami's Special Olympics competitions.

Berg sisters push each other to gold at Special Olympics

ShyAnn Berg earned three gold medals during the Special Olympics Missouri State Summer Games on Saturday. But it took some encouragement from her sister, another gold medalist, to get Berg in the pool in the first place.

Volunteers a crucial part of Special Olympics

Numerous college and high school students volunteered to help make this year's Special Olympics Missouri State Summer Games run smoothly.

 

Ronnie Lowe is 'pool shark,' track competitor

Ronnie Lowe has been a fierce competitor since he discovered track and field as an 8-year-old. Lowe participated in multiple track and field events at this weekend's Special Olympics Missouri State Summer Games, and his team coach calls him "one of the nicest men you will ever meet."

Healthy Athletes Park provides health screenings for Special Olympics participants

Healthy Athletes Park, a Special Olympics Missouri State Summer Games program providing a variety of health screenings for participants, aided athletes Saturday at Hickman High School. Professionals offered oral health, podiatry, hygiene and other examinations.

U.S. lacks toughest opponents in World Cup warmups

The U.S. soccer team struggled to find countries for exhibition games prior to the World Cup. The team will face No. 39 Turkey and No. 44 Nigeria in its remaining exhibition matches.

Special Olympics opening ceremonies full of joy, laughter

Athletes and coaches gathered Friday at Hickman High School for the Special Olympics Missouri State Summer Games opening ceremony.

SEC hands out record $309.6M for 2013-14

Southeastern Conference revenue remains on the rise. It should make a major jump next year following the launch of the SEC Network. The SEC will distribute a record $309.6 million in revenue to its 14 member institutions.

PHOTO GALLERY: Special Olympics open in Columbia

Special Olympics Missouri kicked off Friday, with athletics events in the afternoon and opening ceremonies scheduled for the evening at Hickman High School.

Special Olympics Missouri kicks off final year in Columbia this weekend

This year will mark the third and final year Columbia will host the state Summer Games. Special Olympics Missouri announced today that it will relocate the statewide event to Springfield in 2015, where the event will be held for the next four years.

Obama calls for more research of concussions in youth sports

Unable to directly affect the policies of youth sports leagues, Obama calls for research and tries to jump-start a national conversation to teach parents, coaches and young athletes about concussions.

FIFA secretary general sees much work to be done with World Cup looming

FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke expressed his concern about three of the 12 World Cup stadiums during his final inspection of host cities.

Beating the heat at the World Cup won't be easy for northern teams

Although the tournament begins in Brazil's winter, stadiums in the tropical north often will have temperatures above 85 degrees. Many games also will be played under the afternoon sun, so they can be broadcast during prime time in Europe.

Worst drought in 80 years plagues Sao Paulo before World Cup

Residents of Sao Paulo's poorer neighborhoods are convinced that the government is rationing their water to ensure that cuts aren't made in the wealthier areas expecting a flood of visitors for the June 12 open of international soccer's premier tournament.

Past Triple Crown winners ready for new champion

No horse since Affirmed in 1978 has swept the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes. Since then, 11 have won the first two legs only to fail in the 1.5-mile Belmont.

Landon Donovan stunned to be cut from US World Cup team

The decision surprised Donovan, who believed a strong performance in training camp had secured his spot on the 23-man roster.

Columbia College track and field competes for first time at NAIA Outdoor Championships

Lindsey Martin and Tommy Skosky were the Cougars' first ever representatives at the national outdoor meet.

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