A photo of Melissa Wirt, Alyssa Click and Jalani Williams in the parade of athletes.

(Left to right) Melissa Wirt and Alyssa Click, Special Olympics Missouri athletes, and Jalani Williams, MU football player and Special Olympics Missouri intern, in the opening ceremony.

Last weekend, Mizzou helped host the Special Olympics Missouri State Summer Games.

During the opening ceremony parade of athletes, MU football player Jalani Williams escorted the St. Louis metro area competitors. He bonded with them over a shared passion for competition and will plan additional statewide events during his summer internship with the organization.

More than 1,000 athletes and coaches came to Columbia for a weekend of events ­– many held on campus. We are proud that our Tiger community came together to make these games a success. Mizzou last hosted in 2014.

Thanks to the many other volunteers and families of the athletes who make this event possible.

— Mun


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