special olympics

8:07 am
Thu May 30, 2013

As Special Olympics kicks off, community invited to cheer

Credit Lovin' Scoopful / Flickr

The Special Olympics Missouri State Summer Games kick off today in Columbia.

The four-day event gathers more than 2500 athletes and coaches from around the state annually.

Special Olympics organizers say there are many ways for the community to get involved with the events. Trish Wallace is a parent and coach for the Special Olympics. She says even cheering from the stands can make a huge impact in a Special Olympics athlete’s experience.

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Meet the Wilsons
5:28 pm
Tue May 1, 2012

"Like any other American family"

Josh Wilson puts his arm around his father, Dan, after his team captured the gold medal at Columbia Parks and Recreation’s Special Olympics basketball tournament on Tuesday, March 19, 2012, in Columbia, Mo.
Nick Gass KBIA

Sue Wilson says her family is “just like any other American family,” in her words. The family of four is almost always on the go—basketball games, ballet recitals and so on. But for her two sons, Josh and Ryan, sports have opened up a world that once seemed closed to them. KBIA’s Nick Gass has this audio postcard.

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5:10 pm
Mon April 30, 2012

Chinese program taking root at Missouri Military Academy

Chinese instructor Jackie Lee teaches a class of cadets how to say certain Chinese characters on March 22, 2012. The Chinese language class is new this year.
Rachel Rice KBIA

This week, The special project “The China Connection” tells us about a program at the Missouri Military Academy in Mexico. Plus, an audio postcard that introduces you to a family that’s “like any other,” but at the same time different.

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Arts and Culture
9:05 am
Mon February 20, 2012

Columbians plunge into icy Stephens Lake

Water temperatures in the mid-30’s didn’t stop people from plunging into Stephen’s Lake in Columbia on Saturday for the Polar Plunge.

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