The Brainerd Area Lakers is a newly organized Special Olympics adult-based athletic team.
The first sport offered was basketball with practice starting in early January. More than 20 athletes participated each week and traveled to the Area 5 Special Olympics competition in February in Wadena.
Currently, athletes are gearing up for the Area 5 Athletics competition to be held May 9 in Long Prairie. Events offered include running, relays, race walking, standing long jump and softball throw, among others. Practices are held 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays in the Brainerd High School gym.
For more information regarding Special Olympics, or for information on becoming a volunteer, contact Melissa Marcotte at (218) 833-0246, Loree Besser at 963-0648 or Special Olympics Minnesota at 1-800-783-7732, extension 15.
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