HELENA – Students at Capital High School held a pep rally over the noon hour Tuesday to celebrate this week’s Montana Special Olympics Basketball Tournament.
“Let me win… (Let me win) But if I cannot win… (But if I cannot win) Let me be brave in the attempt. (Let me be brave in the attempt),” chanted CHS student Kyle Norman, with the audience reflecting his words and then erupting into applause.
He’s one of the Special Olympics athletes, who along with some of his peers make up the CHS Unified Special Olympics basketball team.
This marks the 5th year that Helena has hosted the tournament, which will move to a new community next year.
Kyle urged community members to come out for the tournament, “Come on our and support us at the tournament this week.”
Fellow unified team member Peyton Koch agreed, saying the support means a lot to the athletes.
“I think it’s a real important for them, cause they all have so much fun during it and would love to have people come and support them,” explained Koch.
The tournament kicks off this Thursday evening, November 8th, with the opening ceremony at the fairgrounds.
The entire event is expected to draw more than 1,000 athletes, families, chaperones and coaches.
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Reporting by Melissa Jensen for MTN News