My parting shot is a follow-up to our Oklahoma Sportscene show that aired on January 9th when we featured the Tulsa Pathway Panthers Swim Team that participated in the Winter Special Olympics in Edmond, Oklahoma.

Our special guests were Pathway’s Coach July Syko and athlete Terah Sample. The team competed in the 25 and 50-meter freestyle along with the 25-meter backstroke and the 4 X 25 freestyle relay.

And the Panthers made us proud collecting — 9 Gold medals; 3 silvers ; 5 bronze along with two fourth place ribbons.

Oklahoma Special Olympics held its first event in our state in 1969 at the University of Tulsa now there are 11,600 Special Athletes in the state taking part in 140 sports competitions and clinics state wide.

Coming up the Flag Football on April 20th at Union’s Tuttle Stadium and then the big Summer Olympics coming up May 15th on the Oklahoma State campus in Stillwater.

“Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.” This is the motto of Special Olympics athletes, a credo that has inspired thousands of communities to support the organization and millions of athletes to participate, despite whatever challenges they might face.”

Chris Lincoln

Jan. 23, 2019