Local Special Olympics Masters division athletes are headed to Casper tomorrow for the Special Olympics Wyoming Fall Tournament Oct. 9 – 11. Wearing purple T-shirts with nicknames proudly displayed on their backs, 30 athletes from Gillette will make the trip to compete against 750 others from across the state.
Special Olympics athlete James Grabrick will be introducing teams at the opening ceremony tomorrow evening in Casper. He has been bowling since 1992. His goal this week is to “earn a gold medal,” as he recently took third place in his division at the Area IV Games in Sheridan.
James is a part of the Athlete Input Council, a decision-making council that discusses events and changes they would like to see implemented.
The Special Olympics allows James to enjoy social interaction and competition. He cheers on his friends, and is also a huge sports fan of other local school teams. The nickname he will be sporting on his back during the competition is “Weatherman.”
James’s father Phil Grabrick, is looking forward to Gillette hosting the summer games next year. He is expecting around 700 athletes will travel to the county to compete.
“There’s a lot of community involvement and help in preparing for next summer,” he said, adding that the state-wide group is like one big family.
The competition begins tomorrow at 1 p.m. at Sunrise Lanes in Casper. The tournament’s opening ceremony will also be held tomorrow at 7 p.m. in the Natrona County High School gymnasium.
A full schedule and event locations can be found here.