Please reconsider sponsoring the Special Olympics

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The Special Olympics are a vital part of the Moorhead School District's Community.  They not only provide a safe place for those with disabilities to shine, but also they bring us all together.

This decision affects at a minimum, 20 people I know.  And I am just one person.  Those people either participate in the games or support the athletes through means of coaching.  This decision affects my family, my friends, my coworkers and my community.  There are currently 39,398 living in Moorhead, MN.  Imagine the irrevocable harm you are doing.

In the letter, the district said there have been a number of challenges with the program, like participation through a field trip, requirements with participation, and completing medical forms.

These are complications that can occur with any sport and should not be used as a means to support it's termination.  If this was the only requirement, wouldn't it make more sense to cancel hockey, or football?  Think of the money we would save!  However, that's something that would never happen.  I look forward to the day when we can say the same about the Special Olympics.

I was recently at the grocery store (I actually live in Colorado, but I have spent the last 25 years of my 30 year life in Moorhead, MN) and our bagger asked my 3 year old son if he could show him something cool.  He whipped out his phone and showed him a photo of him winning the gold medal for snowboarding in China in the Special Olympics World Games.  My son was in awe.  He always wants to go to that grocery store to see that bagger because he admires, respects and looks up to him.  The Special Olympics have a much bigger impact than most people realize.  This is just one instance of that.  It's unfathomable to believe people would cancel it just like that.

Please sign this petition to show your support for the Moorhead, MN Special Olympics and to ask the Moorhead School Board to reconsider it's decision to no longer sponsor it.


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