FAIRBANKS, AK 26 athletes, unified partners and coaches made the journey south last weekend to compete in the Special Olympics Alaska Winter Games. Events at the games included alpine skiing, cross-country skiing, figure skating, floor hockey, snowboarding, and snowshoeing.
These athletes train and compete year-round in 16 different Olympic-type sports with the assistance of their volunteer coaches and their unified sports partners. The benefits that participants gain go far beyond sport; providing children and adults with friendships, community, and the confidence to reach for all of their dreams in life.
Our local Tanana Valley athletes came home with several podium finishes. Including a first place finish by the Tanana Valley Flames floor hockey team!
Athlete Vinnie Caciari competed in several events last weekend including Alpine Giant Slalom, Alpine Slalom, and Alpine Super G. His mother and unified partner DeeDee Caciari had the following to say about Special Olympics Alaska and the impact it has had on their family.
“Special Olympics has allowed Vinnie the opportunity to try new sports, gain confidence, meet new friends, and stay active and healthy throughout the year. Downhill skiing has been a sport my husband and I have loved for a long time, and Vinnie is now able to share that experience with us.
A big thank you to the coaches, volunteers, and unified partners that dedicate their time and energy to helping with Special Olympics!”
We are so proud of these amazing athletes and their accomplishments in winter sports this season. Registration for summer sports is open now and the season runs March thru June. Sports include basketball, unified basketball, gymnastics, powerlifting, swimming & track and field. Bowling also starts up in August and runs through November.
We have included a list below of participants and their finishes.