Secretary of Education Betsy Devos proposed cutting federal funding for the Special Olympics. President Donald Trump has since overturned that proposal. We turned to Special Olympics North Dakota to talk about what that money helps them do.
People are getting an opportunity to participate in sports like anyone else, even compete in global events like, Jan Moser of Mandan, who brought home three medals from the Special Olympics World Games earlier this month.
"There's even a higher level of excitement, because a lot of things for those without intellectual disabilities may be taken for granted, and this is an opportunity that is provided to those folks that just brings a lot of joy," said Aaron Hummel, chairman of the board of directors.
In North Dakota, Federal grants are used to expand services into schools. One of the programs they're expanding allows athletes with and without disabilities to compete together for their school.
"They're able to participate hand in hand, and that not only provides that extra level of opportunity for them, but it helps to build that inclusion and help to get rid of the stigma that may surround those with intellectual disabilities," said Hummel.
According to Special Olympics North Dakota President Kathy Meagher, the organization has a budget of about a million dollars that mostly comes from fundraising and donations.
To donate or volunteer for the organization you can check out their website: specialolympicsnd.org