A Special Olympics Team Since 1991
South Region Stars
- As the Summer Games (June 21-23) now include basketball, track and field, and swimming, your coaches have a little more team to work on our season schedules.
- Gymnastics is considered also a summer sport; however this year’s meet will be held the weekend of June 14-15. Athletes who participate in gymnastics will be given the opportunity to compete in one sport the following weekend, assuming they have participated in the area competition for that sport.
Meet the Stars
Through the power of sports, people with intellectual disabilities discover new strengths and abilities, skills and success. Our athletes find joy, confidence and fulfillment — on the playing field and in life. We know no boundaries. Without regard to gender, race, religion, economic or education level, Special Olympics has the ability to unite all walks of life.
Congratulations to Maya Rivera, who will be leaving soon for Abu Dhabi, where she will be one of five Minnesota athletes to participate in the World Games March 14-21. Maya will be representing the United States in Bocce. Maya has been a member of the Stars’ Bocce Team since it was formed in 2010.
St. Paul Pioneer Press
by Ruben Rosario | firstname.lastname@example.org | Pioneer Press
Published: February 17, 2019 | Updated: February 18, 2019
Bocce ball in right hand, a determined, focused look on her face, Maya Rivera takes a few seconds to contemplate strategy. One of her coach-dad’s bocce balls is right now sitting closest to the pallina more than 40 feet away. The 21-year-old St. Paul native takes a step and underhands her ball with just the right amount of force. Whack! She knocks her father’s ball away. Her ball is now in the winning position. Continued
2018 Spirit Awards
John Sullivan Award: to those whose actions demonstrate the true meaning of Good Sport.
2018: Leon Johnson and Mariana Hughes
Kathy Wells Award: to those who exemplify the last line of the Olympic Oath : if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.
2018: Travis Vang and Andrea Howlett
Hank Halvorson Award: to families and individuals who exemplify the spirit of Hank by assisting with fundraising efforts extraordinaire.
2018: Barb and EJ Wang
Hank Goers Award: to families, parents, or staff who demonstrate extraordinary kindness by being there for any athlete or any effort requiring assistance.
2018: Deb Howlett
Congrats to the Stars’ Flag Football Teams for an outstanding showing at the state tournament. Our Gold team received bronze medals and our white team received silvers. We’re so proud of you.
And to our athletes Sarah Haugen, Russell Greenhalge, and Charlie Rea, who represented Minnesota in swimming, bowling, and bocce, respectively at the USA games.