On Thursday, Special Olympics Softball will face members of the Bemidji Church League – Bemidji Pioneer


BEMIDJI – The Bemidji Special Olympics softball team will make their long-awaited return to the field on Thursday.

The team is scheduled to face members of the Bemidji Church Softball League at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 18 at the BSU softball field. This is the first scrimmage for the Bemidji Special Olympic softball team since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Bemidji Special Olympics softball team is unable to attend the Special Olympics regional softball competition later this month. As a result, the team sought an opportunity to participate in a game locally.

The organization reached out to Bemidji Church Softball League co-directors Eric Nelson and Jake Kangas, who recruited members into their 12-team league to take on the Special Olympics team.

The church league playoffs concluded on August 11 with Bemidji’s First Assembly of God’s Blue Team winning their second straight championship.

Bemidji Special Olympics, part of Special Olympics Minnesota, organizes athletes, volunteers, unified partners, and coaches to provide year-round inclusive sports training and activities for children and adults with developmental and physical disabilities in the Bemidji region.

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