Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Special Olympics has new ideas for involvement

A cross-country skier crosses the finish line while competing in Sun Valley earlier this year. Photo by Willy Cook

The organizing committee of the 2009 Special Olympics World Winter Games continues its march to the games in February. As the games approach, new events are getting added to the docket.

Newly announced events will include the Law Enforcement Torch Run on Feb. 4; a Snowflake Ball with athletes at Wood River High School on Feb. 8; and a benefit concert at the Sun Valley Pavilion most likely on Feb. 10. On Feb. 11, there will be a festival in Sun Valley Village. The athletes will be in the valley from Feb. 8 through Feb. 11, competing in snowboard and cross-country.

Family Ambassador Program

The purpose of the Family Ambassador Program is to provide a warm welcome to Special Olympics families visiting Idaho during the World Winter Games. Family Ambassadors will be paired with a visiting Special Olympics family. Ambassadors will be the first people to communicate with them when the athletes and their families arrive in Idaho. This is a hospitality program, not a home-stay program.

For more information on the Family Ambassador Program, visit Family Ambassador Program or contact

Fans in the Stands

Everyone can join a special cheering section to be known as Fans in the Stands. It's is a great way to show support for the World Winter Games and demonstrate the meaning of the Special Olympics spirit.

If interested in being a part of Fans in the Stands for the 2009 Special Olympics World Winter Games, contact

Host Town Program

The Host Town Program is a unique opportunity for international delegations to be welcomed into hearts and homes of the people of Idaho. For four days and three nights, international delegations will be paired with sponsoring Idaho communities. A Host Town—a business, church, service organization, school or neighborhood—will provide transportation, housing, meals and training facilities for each of the sports, along with entertainment and activities that showcase Idaho, its culture and the community.

To learn more about the Host Town Program, contact

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