Special Olympic athletes have been friends since preschool

OKEECHOBEE — Special Olympic athletes R.J. Sandefur and Jason Brady have been friends since they were in preschool together. Jason was not born in Okeechobee but was raised here. R.J. was born and raised here. They both graduated from Okeechobee High School, but R.J. was a couple years behind his friend Jason, because he spent […]

Special Olympics athletes began competing in the ’70s

OKEECHOBEE — Although Special Olympics was not active on a regular basis in Okeechobee for over 30 years until it was brought back recently by Bernard Marker and the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office, Lucy Wendt and Kathy Womble were both participants when the organization first began here in 1977. Lucy and Kathy both grew up […]

Special Olympic athletes mourn the loss of a friend

OKEECHOBEE — Okeechobee Special Olympic athletes lost one of their own last week, and his loss will be felt for a long time. Mike Rhoden was born and raised in Okeechobee, and one of the things everyone who met him agrees on is that he always had a smile on his face and made you […]

Special Olympic athletes can’t wait to get back on the field

OKEECHOBEE — Special Olympics began as a summer day camp in the back yard of Sargent and Eunice Shriver. Eunice Shriver was a member of the Kennedy family, sister of John F. Kennedy, and her goal was to change the way people with mental disabilities were treated in the world. Now, Special Olympics is the […]

County honors Special Olympians

OKEECHOBEE — The Okeechobee County Board of Commissioners honored Special Olympians during the Jan. 23 commission meeting at the Historic Okeechobee County Courthouse. The commissioners presented a special proclamation honoring Okeechobee participants at the Special Olympics Florida Games for Bowling — Boardwalk Bowl, held Dec. 7, 2019, in Orlando. Robert Sandefur competed in Assisted Ramp […]

Special athletes compete in track and field day

OKEECHOBEE — Okeechobee Special Stars had its second annual track and field day at the Okeechobee County softball fields on Oct. 11. The track and field day featured cycling events, tennis ball rolling and throwing and shot put. Special Stars is a sports and recreational program for children and adults with mental and physical disabilities. […]

Special Olympics gives free physicals to Okeechobee athletes

OKEECHOBEE — Special Olympics Florida was at Okeechobee High School on Aug. 17 offering free sports physicals to adults and children 8 years and older with an intellectual or developmental disability. The organization offered comprehensive sports physicals at different stations set up in the OHS cafeteria consisting of a medical history overview, height and weight […]