Owatonna Special Olympics athletes will benefit from an amazing donation from Gopher Sport of Owatonna. The $10,000 donation will go toward operating costs, equipment and uniforms.

The gift will be used by the Owatonna chapter of Special Olympics to help fund the year-round program, which offers sports and social opportunities to about 100 Owatonna-area athletes. Money will go toward keeping equipment up-to-date and replacing worn uniforms. Owatonna Area Special Olympics pays for rental of local facilities throughout the year for sports practice and competition. The group must also pay fees to Minnesota Special Olympics to participate in state competitions.

Athletes with the Owatonna group do not pay an enrollment fee and all uniforms and equipment are provided. Management team members and all coaches are volunteers. Athletes have the chance to compete in basketball, swimming, poly hockey, track and field, softball, flag football and bowling. If you are interested in finding about more about the organization contact board president Roy Koenig at (507) 451-2250.

Owatonna will host the Polar Plunge to benefit Minnesota Special Olympics on Saturday January 30 at Lake Kohlmier. In 2015, 175 people took a leap into the lake to raise money.

The Owatonna Knights of Columbus will host a benefit breakfast for Owatonna Area Special Olympics on Sunday, January 17, at St. Mary's School from 8AM to 12:30PM. Tickets will be available at the door.

Renae Techau of the Gopher Sport Giving Team joined members of Owatonna Area Special Olympics at the photo op. Roy Koenig, Tony David, Melissa Hall and Brenda Donahe surround athlete Abby Donahe in the picture.

Submitted photo by Gopher Sport