2011 Special Olympics State Summer Games — Unified Sports Triathlon is Wednesday!

SPECIAL OLYMPICS UNIFIED SPORTS® TRIATHLON
A Unique Special Olympics Summer Games Event
7:30 to Noon ● Wednesday, May 11 ● Montana State University

A special shout out to all Triton Special Olympics Ambassadors — thank you for volunteering! We ask that all Triton Ambassadors report to the MSU Fitness Center at 7:30 AM on Wednesday morning, May 11th. Be ready to go, to help register and support your designated Unified Sports Triathlon team. We should have a table adjacent to the Sports and Recreation office counter, located immediately north of the MSU Pool next to the treadmills. As a reminder, the Unified Sports Triathlon is a team event, and conducted as a “broken” triathlon. Each team has a member participating in one leg of the triathlon, and there are no transitions or handoffs. We will conduct the swim event, allow the swimmers to change their clothes and teams re-group, then walk over to the MSU track for the separate bike and run events. See you on race day, and thanks again for supporting the Special Olympics Unified Sports Triathlon!

BRIEF HISTORY
The Tritons started volunteering and partnering with Special Olympics in 2008. Entering our third year, the Club has served as the race director for the Bozeman-based Special Olympics State Summer Games Unified Sports Triathlon since 2009. Triton members host and produce this unique, “Made in Montana” event. As an official USA Triathlon Club, the Bozeman Tritons are passionate about the sport of triathlon, and excited to deliver our sport to all members of our community. Teaming up with Special Olympics on race day is super rewarding — for the triathletes, their unified partners, their coaches, and our volunteers. The growth in the Unified Sports Triathlon parallels the spectacular growth of our sport, and from its 1990s Montana roots, the event will now be a demonstration sport at the 2014 Special Olympics USA National Games.

WHY IS THE UNIFIED SPORTS® TRIATHLON SPECIAL?
The triathlon is virtually the only Special Olympics Unified Sports event at the 2011 Summer Games. Additionally, the event was founded right here in Montana, and will now serve as a demonstration sport at the 2014 Special Olympics USA National Games in Princeton, NJ. Team sports are about having fun, promoting physical health and bringing people together. Special Olympics Unified Sports teams do all of that – and shatter stereotypes about intellectual disability in the process. In communities around the world, Special Olympics athletes and their teammates without intellectual disabilities, their Unified Partners, practice and play together on Unified Sports teams. Unified Sports is a moving and exciting Special Olympics initiative for higher ability athletes of all ages. Mixed teams provide the public direct opportunities to experience first-hand the capabilities and courage of Special Olympics athletes. By having fun together, Unified Sports athletes and their unified partners improve their physical fitness, sharpen their skills, challenge the competition and help to overcome prejudices about intellectual disability.