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Skating rink in Lancaster holds Special Olympics event

Updated: Sunday, December 22 2013, 10:45 PM CST
Reported by: Jesse Knutson 

LANCASTER -- Today The Castle skating rink in Lancaster hosted a special fundraiser. These are skaters from the Lancaster Special Olympics program.

 The Lancaster Special Olympics skating program took the floor to skate their latest performance. They’ll be celebrating their solo dance, marching into the holidays.

“Special Olympics, in my view, there’s no better charity. It’s so rewarding. You see the challenges these athletes go through, and it just kind of makes you look at yourself and say, ‘hmm, don’t have it quite so bad, do it?,’” Kurt Honabach, manager of The Castle, said.

Honabach and his staff host the Special Olympics skaters for their practices year around, but wanted to find another way to show their support.

“They appreciate everything, the littlest thing makes a big, big difference to them,” Honabach. So today, for each admission sold, The Castle as well as a private supporter donated money.

“They’re giving $3 and then the castle is kicking in $2 from each paid admission,” Honabach said.  Special Olympians like Angie Conrad say they can’t believe all of the support they’ve received, and they have a great time skating.

“It’s good fun, I love doing it!,” Angie Conrad, a Special Olympian, said.

Angie and her husband Mike, who coaches the skaters, have been with the special Olympics for the past 10 years, and they say it’s about more than just competition.

“For me, I get to meet more friends, and it’s really fun,” she said.  “I don’t care where they come in at, they could come in 10th place, I don’t care. As long as they’re out there doing their best, they have fun, they’re all winners to me,” Mike Conrad said.Skating rink in Lancaster holds Special Olympics event


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