Special Olympics’ Washington Spring Games return after pandemic pause

Athletes with intellectual disabilities competed throughout the weekend on the Pacific Lutheran University campus in Tacoma.

TACOMA, Wash. — Thousands of athletes left everything on the field in Tacoma this weekend. It was the first Special Olympics Washington event in two years.

“Incredible to be back, over 1800 competitors this weekend,” said Tyler Bjork, director of sports development for Special Olympics Washington of the athletes crossing the finish line and really getting going.”

Athletes with intellectual disabilities competed throughout the weekend on the Pacific Lutheran University campus in Tacoma.

“Here at Special Olympics, we build relationships for life,” Bjork said. “Othello athletes meet people from Federal Way, they make friends, and our state games are really a chance to see each other and hang out again.”

The athletes KING 5 spoke to said it’s been a long two years but it’s great to be back doing what they love.

“For us as athletes it’s great to be able to do other things in life, we have some obstacles but it’s fun,” said Megan Lembcke.

Even though these athletes are out for gold, there were no losers on Sunday. Only winners who prove nothing is impossible, regardless of ability.

“Be yourself and be brave and other obstacles you might face in life,” Lembcke said.

Special Olympics Washington staff said they are looking for volunteers for events throughout the summer.

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