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Special Olympics presents awards

Special Olympics North Dakota honored 16 individuals, organizations and businesses throughout the state for outstanding commitment and support on Oct. 22 at the organization's annual state awards banquet in Fargo.

Special Olympics North Dakota honored 16 individuals, organizations and businesses throughout the state for outstanding commitment and support on Oct. 22 at the organization's annual state awards banquet in Fargo.

Local award recipients include the Knights of Columbus being awarded Outstanding Area Organization

While the Knights of Columbus is a national partner of Special Olympics, the Jamestown Council provides the dream of nonprofits with resource support. Since 2001, the Knights of Columbus Club donate the use of its building to Special Olympics for basketball and volleyball training, along with office and storage space. The K of C Club raises funds to support the program with an annual pancake breakfast and sponsors the transportation costs for the local program in Jamestown to attend area and district events, which absorbs an expense of approximately $7,000 a year. Council members provide volunteer support locally as coaches and officials, and provide color guard and meal volunteers for the district basketball tournament. Annually, it is estimated that the members of the K of C Club in Jamestown provide 400 to 500 volunteer hours.

Heather Martell received the Roger Kern Character Award.

Martell started in Special Olympics when she was 10 years old, 27 years ago. Throughout her sport career, Martell has competed in basketball, bowling, figure skating, snowshoeing, swimming, track and soccer. In addition to the competitions, she takes an active role in fundraising, currently seeking donations for Sponsor a Bowler. She competed in the World Winter Games in Toronto, Canada in 1997 placing fourth in figure skating. She won silver and bronze in bowling during the 1999 World Summer Games held in North Carolina and brought home a silver medal from Japan in the 2005 World Winter Games. In 2006, she was a member of the volleyball team that represented North Dakota in the USA National Games held in Ames, Iowa. Martell as selected to represent the U.S. in 2010 at the Global Congress which was held in Marrakech, Morocco.

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Local individuals and organizations that were nominated:

Janell Hanson: Outstanding Area Volunteer

James River Correctional Center: Outstanding Area Organization and LETR Flame of Hope

Shannon Priewe: Female Athlete of the Year

2016 state award winners include John Schonert, Valley City - Outstanding Area Volunteer

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