Thursday, January 5, 2012

Special Olympics Idaho Cancels Winter Games

Posted By on Thu, Jan 5, 2012 at 3:27 PM

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The Special Olympics of Idaho marks another casualty of the lack of snowfall. For the first time in 40 years of its history, organizers have canceled the whole lineup of snowboarding, snowshoeing, cross country and alpine skiing. There just isn't enough snow in Idaho.

Matt Caropino, sports and training manager for Special Olympics Idaho, distributed a letter to supporters, staff and volunteers about the sad news.

The March 2-4 games were scheduled for Valley County, sharing the suffering for what's been a mild winter for the entire state. The organization's 330 athletes and 175 volunteers will do without the winter games. Special Olympics Idaho is working to make arrangements for the state floor hockey competition to be hosted in Boise on March 3.

This in addition to the $100,000 of revenue lost per day for local Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area. Their previous latest opening day was Jan. 6, 1989, and unless Boise gets an overnight dump of the white stuff, they'll shatter that record this year.

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