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Special Olympics Update – Just a Smaller Scale

so-lapel-pins.jpgThe ‘Test Games’ or the invitational test run coming up in February (2008) for the 2009 Special Olympics here in Boise WILL go forward; the scope will be diminished greatly. Chip Fisher, who is the current CEO of

Fisher said the scaled-back invitational event will include about 400 athletes, down significantly from the thousands that had originally been planned. The U.S. delegation will come only from Idaho instead of 14 other states. About a quarter of the participating athletes will come from the countries of Austria, Finland, Lebanon, China, Germany, Libya, the Czech Republic, Romania, Denmark, Iraq and Sweden.

There’s been quite a response to the shortfall according to the Special Olympics Idaho. That $8 million earmarked in H.R. 3043, vetoed by the president (and upheld by Bill Sali) accounted for 50% of the total Special Olympics Idaho needed to operate their games.

What you do to the least of these, Mr. Sali – what you do to the least of these.

Karma’s a bitch.

§- Special Olympics Idaho website

§- Special Olympics World Winter Games 2009 website. The lapel pin (pic up in the left-hand corner) can be picked up here.

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