A Special Victory: Special Olympics Athlete Katie Deegan
By Brenden Nickels
Kraus-Anderson is very fortunate to employ a very diverse group of people. And it definitely shows in our interests. An example of this is Office Assistant Katie Deegan, who recently received a major achievement as an athlete for the Special Olympics. She won two medals participating in the Brooklyn Park State Bowling Competition event. Deegan has been a Special Olympics athlete for some time, and has also been a bowler for some time as well.
About the Special Olympics Athletes
To be a Special Olympics athlete, you have to be age 8 and up and have some kind of disability, whether it is intellectual, cognitive, or developmental. However, kids 7 and under can also participate in the Young Athlete program, and those without disabilities can also team up with Special Olympics participants in the Unified Partners program.
The Special Olympics Bowling Competition
Bowlers can participate as single players, unified doubles (where a regular athlete pairs up with a Special Olympics athlete), or ramp players (if you’re in a wheelchair). As part of the Anoka County Cougars, Deegan won 3rd place in the single tournament, and 1st place in the unified doubles tournament.
Deegan says she is proud of being a Special Olympics athlete. “Participating in the Special Olympics is fun because people with disabilities can do anything that people without disabilities can do.” said Deegan, who also believes that bowling in the Special Olympics isn’t as different as just bowling for the fun of it. “People with disabilities can accomplish anything that they are good at.”
For more information on the Special Olympics Minnesota State Bowling Competition, you can visit their website at https://bowling.specialolympicsminnesota.org/
Brenden Nickels is a blogger and senior office assistant at Kraus-Anderson’s Twin Cities office.View Comments