10 inspiring photos from the Medal Ceremony at Special Olympic Area Games

(Cody, Wyo.) - Yesterday, Cody hosted the Wyoming Law Enforcement Torch Run to escort the Flame of Hope to the Opening Ceremonies of the 2016 Area 1 Summer Games. Local law enforcement officers from the Park County Sheriff's Office, Lovell Police Department and Powell Police Department presented medals to athletes at the Special Olympic Area Games on Friday in Cody. [image: Untitled design (6).png] *From the Park County Sheriff's Department: * "Today, Park County Special Olympics held competition in Cody at the high school. Sheriff Scott Steward assisted by presenting the athletes with their medals. Special Olympics provides a year round program of sports training and athletic competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities." "Intellectual disabilities happen in all cultures, races and countries. The goal of Special Olympics is to reach out to the almost 200 million people in the world with ID. Through sports, the athletes are seeing themselves for their abilities, not disabilities. Their world is opened with acceptance and understanding. They become confident and empowered by their accomplishments. They are also making new friends, as part of the most inclusive community on the planet -- a global community that is growing every day. The 4.5 million Special Olympics athletes – ages 8 years old and up -- come from more than 170 countries. They also have a Young Athletes program for children ages 2 to 7. The Park County Sheriff's Office is proud to play a small part in this truly inspiring global program." [image: Untitled design (7).png] #reboot #news *Photos: h/t Matt Matt Koritnik and the Park County Sheriff's Office /