Weather forced the opening ceremonies for the Montana Special Olympics Summer Games in Missoula to be move indoors. (MTN News photo)
The Montana Special Olympics Flame of Hope is a symbol that burns bright, igniting the optimism of all who see it. (MTN News photo)
While Wednesday’s wintery weather caused some of the events for the Montana Special Olympics Summer Games to be canceled for this third, and final year in Missoula, it sure didn't dampen the enthusiasm of the athletes, their families and coaches.
Organizers had planned for the opening ceremonies to be outdoors in Washington-Grizzly Stadium again this year. But the snow, rain and cold forced some quick adapting and moving back inside the Adams Center.
Most of the program remained the same, although teams were asked to send just a few athletes to represent each group on the floor, with their teammates cheering enthusiastically from the stands.
These shared moments are a powerful part of the Summer Games, a time for the athletes to celebrate their accomplishments and friendships -- and above all to have some fun, with an impromptu dance party.
Click here to check out the schedule for the Montana Special Olympics Summer Games.