The Kansas Special Olympics Summer Games are this weekend in Wichita.
To kick off the festivities, the torch made its way through McPherson County, carried by area athletes and escorted by McPherson Police officers.
MPD Officer Jerry Montange has been helping with the Special Olympics for the past 20 years.
“It's really inspirational, just to watch the athletes and stuff,” Montange said. “I usually hand out medals down at the state games. It's such a wonderful event because it brings such joy to all these kids. We're just happy to raise money to help them out.”
McPherson Special Olympics Director Tami Schropp, whose son, Jonah, will compete this weekend, says that there is more going on for the athletes than just the games.
“After the activities tomorrow, after the competitions, they'll have a banquet and a dance,” Schropp said. “They so look forward to the dance. It's like, 'I'll go do track just so I can go to the dance.'”
A total of 37 athletes from McPherson County will take part in the Summer Games, which run through Sunday.