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Montana Special Olympic athletes gather on campus for a beautiful May week

BILLINGS, May 15, 2014 – For the third year, the Montana Special Olympics state summer games based operations on the Rocky Mountain College campus the week of May 12-16. Working from a hub at RMC, more than 1,000 athletes and an equal number of volunteers filled venues across Billings with hard work and celebration. More than 75 teams of special athletes came from across the state.

Special Olympics media releases said, “Centered at Rocky Mountain College, with special events at the Metra and competition across Billings and the surrounding area – including local bowling, aquatics, kayak, cycling, track and field, and golf venues, the competition unfolds in a swell of intensity and joy. Athletes work hard to get to the Games. Following eight weeks of rigorous training, they are ready to demonstrate their skill in intense competition. They [do] not disappoint!”

An Olympic Village filled the RMC Green. Events on the RMC campus included throwing events, bocce, soccer, unified sports triathlons, and motor activities training programs. 

Games co-director Rick McCann (’77) said, “We have a great environment here. Rocky is a center of the community. It gives us a safe community for athletes to succeed. From an arrangement perspective, it’s a match made in heaven.” McCann is senior investment manager at First Interstate BankSystem, where he benefits from his RMC business administration degree.

Joan Whelan, director of music at St. Pius X parish in Billings and a volunteer event coordinator for SOMT, said, “Rocky has been an awesome host these last three years. They keep everything completely available for us.” The SOMT games move to Missoula in 2015 after three years in Billings with RMC as their hub.