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Costumes will replace bathing suits at the Special Olympics Polar Plunge, in which daring swimmers will take a dip for charity.

  • By Michael Gerson The Washington Post

LILONGWE, Malawi — Yamikani walks deliberately, intently, with a beanbag on his head, showing a balance that is probably hard-earned. “When he…

Marana High School’s Special Olympics basketball team faced an unlikely opponent — a squad of officers from the town’s Police Department — in …

Mountain View High School junior Angie Jones is an all-around athlete. She works every day on her basketball, tennis, bowling, track and fiel…

  • RON MEDVESCEK / ARIZONA DAILY STAR

Tutor Ava Red watches as student Drew Rohr takes off for a long-jump in the special ed tutoring program at Mountain View.

  • Jamar Younger Arizona Daily Star

The tutors in Meaghann Mulrow's special education class at Mountain View High School have learned firsthand about the challenges that special …

  • RON MEDVESCEK / ARIZONA DAILY STAR

Special education student Joseph Kallner Venos and tutor Travis Patterson walk around the track at Mountain View High School during a warm-up …

  • COURTESY OF ROBERT HURT

Al Skorupski was honored as Citizen of the Year during the Catalina Mountain Elks Lodge event. Skorupski heads Arizona Elks Major Projects.

  • Compiled by Phil Villarreal Arizona Daily Star

Several are honored at Elks awards event

  • Compiled by Phil Villarreal Arizona Daily Star

2 students heading to leadership program

  • Cathalena E. Burch Arizona Daily Star

Event benefits Special Olympics.

  • RON MEDVESCEK / ARIZONA DAILY STAR

Staff Sgt. Brandon Duenas, a volunteer lane monitor from Davis-Monthan Air Force base, shares a high-five with Special Olympian Juan Lopez fro…

  • Kimberly Matas Arizona Daily Star

The thud of a bowling ball hitting the lane.

  • BENJIE SANDERS / ARIZONA DAILY STAR

Itzel Apodaca, 17, bowls with classmates at Fiesta Lanes. The Marana High School senior is one of five Arizonans selected to participate in th…

  • Shelley Shelton Arizona Daily Star

Itzel Apodaca, 17, is about to discover her family is much bigger than she thought.

  • PHOTOS BY A.E. ARAIZA / ARIZONA DAILY STAR

Mt View High School student Troy Eash (cq TROY EASH) carries the Special Olympics torch on his lap as he scoots past Marana Police Department …

  • A.E. Araiza/Arizona Daily Star

Maverick Frank carries the Special Olympics torch as he runs with members of the Marana Police Department, Border Patrol, and DEA. Officers ca…