Grand County’s support of Special Olympics is gratifying |

Grand County’s support of Special Olympics is gratifying

To the Editor:

Upon return from another successful Special Olympics state meet at Copper Mountain, I am reminded of how thankful I am that the village it takes to raise my child is Grand County.

While we celebrate the success of the team who all stood proudly on the podium, I must thank all those who contributed to getting them there. The combined efforts of volunteers, local businesses and families who are involved in Special O’s truly move mountains.

The coaches, Bud Madigan, Mike Hulley and Randi Kasven maintained the high degree of training for the athletes, ensuring they competed at the highest level possible. A huge thank to Bryan Wood and the NSCD who continually raises the bar for professionalism and training, providing coaching and support.

Thanks to Sol Vista Ski Basin for allowing us to take over the base every Saturday in February. Thanks to the Independent Sports Club of Grand Lake, Dorinda Sironen and Jana Huse at Grand Elk for the ski coats which kept us super warm, especially while waiting to race during the huge storm which blasted us on Sunday, March 3.

Thanks as well to The Fraser Valley Lion’s Club for the support which allowed the team to travel to the Regional Meet in Eldora and the State Meet at Copper.

My heartfelt thanks to all the NSCD volunteers who come out to coach all the SO teams for keeping an eye on our Grand County gals (and siblings), setting the gates for the race course, tons of copies and administrative support ” Shaun, Dawn, Jim B., Jim P., Rick, Larry, Kathy, Gene, Sally, Charlie and especially Margaret Willman whose assistance and steadfast support made this season such a success.

Watch for the newly forming track team this spring and tennis team this summer.

Erica Mays

Grand County SO Alpine Ski Team

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