Cumberland Special Olympics athlete sent off to state

Cumberland (WQOW) – A Cumberland High School junior is headed to state in Special Olympics and he got a sendoff to remember for the rest of his life.

Michael Avery is a Special Olympics basketball player.

A News 18 viewer sent us the videos below and said “[Special Olympic] athletes seldom get the same recognition as their peer athletes do.”

Well, that wasn’t the case Thursday in Cumberland.

Avery’s classmates sent him off with speeches, a special song written just for him, and a send-off tunnel created by his pears.

Avery is a member of the Barron County Special Olympics Panthers team. It’s the first time the team has made it to state.

Good luck to Michael and his teammates!

 

Videos courtesy of Jeanine Elizabeth

Clint Berge

Clint Berge

Clint Berge is the Social Media & Digital Content Manager for Eau Claire's Own WQOW News 18. Report any website issues to him at cberge@wqow.com

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