LEEP Special Olympics Successful at Summer Games

Leisure Education for Exceptional People, LEEP, Special Olympics, athletes, Volleyball, Unified Volleyball, disabilities, SOMN Wellness Village, Softball, Bocce Ball, Golf, Kristy Rotchadl, Mankato, Mankato TimesMankato Times

MANKATO, MINN. — Mankato nonprofit Leisure Education for Exceptional People (LEEP) spent this past weekend in Apple Valley, Minn. competing at the Special Olympics State Athletics and Volleyball tournament. LEEP brought 47 athletes and 14 coaches up to the summer games, returning successful with smiles and suntans.

Unified Volleyball (athletes with and without disabilities playing on one team), took third place in their division. There were 4 unified partners on the team making assists, and fostering teamwork between athletes.

Athletics participants, or track and field athletes, returned to Mankato with 22 gold medals, 16 silver medals, and 6 bronze medals. LEEP also brought along 10 volunteers for Athletics, helping to coach field events, relay teams, and take athletes through the SOMN Wellness Village for health screenings and outdoor activities.

“I had so much fun in all of my races.  I had tears in my eyes as I walked up to get my medal because I know I tried and my best and saw all of my hard work pay off!,” said Sam J, a first time LEEP Athletics athlete. 

LEEP will be continuing the fun with the fall games, Softball, Bocce Ball, and Golf. You can find more information regarding LEEP Special Olympics at http://www.mankatoleep.org/special-olympics .

To learn more about LEEP’s Special Olympics sports, contact Kristy Rotchadl, LEEP Athletics Coordinator, at 507-387-5122 or by email at athletics@mankatoleep.org.

About Leisure Education for Exceptional People (LEEP)

Leisure Education for Exceptional People, Inc. (LEEP) enriches lives through inclusive education, recreation and healthy living opportunities. Our programs are designed to enhance the quality of life for people with developmental and intellectual disabilities.





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