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The Special Olympics have been part of Shauna Balk’s life for as long as she can remember. Balk is the volunteer coordinator for the Special Olympics, but her involvement began long before she held this position. After being introduced to the games by her grandmother, who was a coach for the athletes, Balk also decided to volunteer, and the athletes kept her coming back.
For the last four years, the Special Olympics Missouri have been held in May, but last year, MU learned it would host the NCAA Mideast Track and Field Regional on the Audrey J. Walton Track-Soccer Stadium on May 25 and 26 earlier this year. In response, Special Olympics held its games in June this year, causing several hundred athletes to miss the games.
Blanche Deal, 91, a native of Marshall, began her bowling career at a six-lane makeshift bowling alley. She was 27 the first time she rolled the old ball at the pins at the far end of the lane. Bales of hay were placed at the end to stop both the pins and ball.
JEFFERSON CITY- Joe Galbraith, 11, has been a fencing student for seven months.
Across the strip from him is 19-year-old Nick Bateman, who has been fencing since he was Joe’s age, and easily clears six feet tall. Joe does not appear intimidated as he advances, His upper half still bounces a little too much, but right now he’s focusing on Bateman’s body, which he knows is very fast.
A basketball goal hangs outside the house. Inside there are weights, an exercise mat lies on the floor, and a display stand full of medals.
Over the weekend, Columbia’s Matthew Montgomery celebrated his 20th birthday with two of his closest friends, but that’s not the only reason he’s smiling.
After another weekend of nonstop Earnhardt speculation, Truex gave the Dale Earnhardt Inc. team a much-needed victory Monday in the 400-mile race at Dover International Speedway.
Pushing his goggles snug to his face, Matt Hood looks down the lane before the 400-meter freestyle. Hood, a 28-year-old Special Olympics Athlete with Down syndrome, has had to overcome a lot to be a competitive swimmer.
“A lot of people don’t get to see a fish that big,” said Adam Wolf, owner of Tombstone Tackle.
The need for volunteers at the Special Olympics Missouri 2007 State Summer Games has decreased by half since Friday.
The Missouri Contemporary Ballet will team up with the Twilight Dance Studio to be host to the first-ever, “Dancing with Missouri Stars,” tonight at the Hearnes Center. Dancing will begin at 7 p.m.; tickets are avaliable to the public for $20 and students for $10.
Jay Frye gets pulled in all sorts of different directions. He oversees an entire NASCAR Nextel Cup motorsports team. He deals with sponsors and drivers. Then there’s NASCAR’s biggest free-agent, Dale Earnhardt Jr., who Frye plans to speak to about the possibility of joining his team, Ginn Racing.
The Special Olympics Missouri 2007 Summer Games begin June 4, but event organizers are unsure if they will happen as planned.
CONCORD, N.C. — Casey Mears shored up his job security by stretching his fuel to the finish line Sunday night to win the Coca-Cola 600 for his first Nextel Cup victory.
The similarities between the Giersbergs and the Sanders drove them together once they met.
Jim O’Dell, 63, of Fayette, has been an avid runner most of his life. But after falling off a horse two years ago and undergoing surgery, he had to take a break from racing. It wasn’t until December 2006 that he came back to the sport and he said he now runs an average of two races a month.
When golfers reach the top of the hill to hit their final tee shots on the 18th hole at the Club at Old Hawthorne, they’ll see a view that captures the spirit of Columbia’s newest golf course.
Coming down with hypothermia Monday at the 111th Boston Marathon was an adventure that Stacy Reed will remember.
Baseball was a hot topic of the Columbia City Council on Monday night.
Matt Kenseth made the save first, then he picked up the victory. That might sound a little backward for baseball fans, but it made perfect sense Saturday in the O’Reilly 300 Busch Series race.