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Special Olympics team needs community help to fund competition

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KENNETT, MO (KAIT) -

South Elementary School in Kennett has gathered 14 students to create a Special Olympics team in hopes of winning the gold.

The new group of athletes started competing just last year. 

They have qualified for state competition this year, according to Coach Melissa Wayne.

“The Kennett Indian’s Special Olympics athletes are so excited to be off to a great start with this year’s season,” Wayne said.

They now need donations from the community to fund the big competition.

Students, teachers and parents have participated in fundraisers at the school, but they need more money to help with the expenses. 

Mike’Kel Payne is one of the athletes who told Region 8 News he cannot wait to show off his skills.

“I’m working really hard to go to competition and I love Special Olympics,” Payne said.

Wayne is thankful for the town's support and the donations they have already made to support the kids.

He said funds will go toward bedding, towels, travel utensils and entry fees per athlete.

Anyone who wants to make a donation can drop it off at the elementary front office at 920 Kennett Street. 

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