The Special Olympics Indiana Summer Games are back in person
HIGH EARTH, Ind. (WTHI) – This weekend you may have noticed more people in the area. This is because Special Olympics Indiana hosted their Summer Olympics. Many athletes from Indiana came today to win medals and have fun.
Last year, the Indiana Special Olympics Summer Games were canceled due to COVID-19.
Rather, last year, many participants faced virtual challenges.
Virtual games still take place this year, but athletes now have the chance to complete them in person this year.
One athlete who was thrilled to be back was Romana Ritenour.
He told News 10 that he has competed in the Special Olympics since 2015.
Ritenour said he has loved every second of the Special Olympics so far and is thrilled to be back in person this year.
Ritenour said, “The Special Olympics is about hard work, hard play, and it doesn’t matter who wins or loses. So I really like the Special Olympics.
Ritenour is not the only one who is delighted to be here this year.
In fact, her trainer Rob Allen told News 10 that parents, spectators and even volunteers are happy to be in person again.
He said this weekend’s summer games meant a lot to Ritenour and all of the athletes here finishing up.
Allen said, “It’s not just a bliss, it’s a warm feeling. We spent the last year doing zoom meetings every week playing games, we made the most of it, but when we hit the track this week to practice it feels like it all comes together. felt good again.
Allen said this weekend’s games are about more than winning medals and playing sports.
It is also an opportunity for athletes, like Ritenour, to see their friends again.
Allen said: “We laugh and ride and it’s more of a family than a team. So, it makes us all feel like we belong and have someone we connect with when we come here. So it’s just a good feeling.
Ritenour told News 10 he wouldn’t trade the Summer Games for anything.
He said he was just thrilled to be able to compete and have a great time doing it.