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Special Olympics

Approximately 20,000 Montanans have developmental disabilities.

"Everyday they face discrimination," says Bernadette Franks-Ongoy, who is the executive director for Disability Rights Montana based in Helena.

Fans cheer on the athletes during the Bozeman Hawks & Bozeman Mighty Mustangs game at the 2016 Montana Special Olympics.
Bree Zender

Over 600 athletes, coaches and volunteers will assemble tomorrow to kick-off the Special Olympics Spring Games. The Five Valleys Area Spring Games will take place in Missoula and Frenchtown April 19-21.

Racers sprint out the gate at the start of the women's snowshoe race.
Nicky Ouellet

Special Olympians arrived at Whitefish Mountain Resort Sunday for the 22nd annual State Winter Games, which wrapped up today.

The crowd of spectators is deafening as racers in the 50-meter snowshoeing event sprint up the slight incline of the Bunny Hill. Half of the slope has been transformed into a track, with lanes lined in blue dye on the soft white snow.

DREAM Back Country Powder Camp Group Shot 2016
KAMERON BARGE

For more than three decades, DREAM Adaptive Recreation has been working to get people with physical and cognitive disabilities outside to recreate in the Flathead Valley. Participants and volunteers call it life-changing. And now, the non-profit is expanding to work with veterans.

The Bozeman Hawks play the Bozeman Mighty Mustangs at the 2016 Montana Special Olympics.
Bree Zender

The Montana Special Olympics Summer Games kicked off Tuesday in Missoula. This is the second year that the games have been held there.

Special Olympics Montana

The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes want to get kids with intellectual disabilities more involved in 10 schools on the Flathead Reservation. They’re trying a new strategy to make that happen through sports programs.

Katrin Frye

The first of what organizers plan to be an annual race took place on Saturday, July 26th in the Flathead featuring a Spartan-style-obstacle race for people with disabilities. The race brought together several organizations including Special Olympics, Care Farms, the Lighthouse Christian Home, and the Special Friends Advocacy Program.

Rachel Grant works with the Care Farm Program through A-Plus-Home-Healthcare of Kalispell. Grant helped plan this “Farm-Style” Obstacle race.

Flickr user Eric Zabinsky

7/1/14: This week on "Home Ground Radio:" Host Brian Kahn takes a tour of the recent 2014 Montana Special Olympics in Billings, speaking with president and CEO Boby Norbie and various staff, volunteers and competitors in the games.