Boilermakers team up with Special Olympics

Athletes from Purdue University and the Special Olympics trained together Saturday afternoon to learn new skills.

Posted: Jul. 21, 2018 6:15 PM
Updated: Jul. 21, 2018 6:19 PM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI)—Athletes from Purdue University and the Special Olympics trained together Saturday afternoon to learn new skills.

Nearly 35 athletes participated in the workshop with Purdue football players at Mollenkopf Athletic Center.

For the second year in a row, participants eight years and older came to practice sports like football.

Everything from kicking, running down the field and catching the ball, they did it all while family members of the athletes were able to watch and cheer from the sidelines.

Board of Directors Member, Lynne Noble, said this event created lifelong friendships.

"It's hard to say who had more fun doing is whether it is the Purdue football players or the athletes," said Noble. "Even the parents were on the sidelines cheering and yelling along with everyone else so it was just an all-around fun experience."

The Special Olympic athletes will be competing throughout the rest of the year for Tippecanoe, Boone and White counties.

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