Special Olympics


Special Olympics is celebrating 50 years in Oklahoma with the Summer Games running through Friday in Stillwater.

Organizers expect about 5,500 athletes to take part in the games, which began at the University of Tulsa in 1969 with only track and field events.

Games Director Jim Scott says now in its 36th year in Stillwater, events are spread all over the city with the busiest day coming Thursday.

The StoryCorps mobile booth was in Oklahoma City in early 2018, and we're bringing you some of the stories that were recorded here. Locally recorded stories will air Wednesdays during Morning Edition and All Things Considered on KOSU.

Thirty-eight-year-old Anthony Taylor plays A LOT of sports with his Special Olympics team, Moore Xtreme. That’s how he got to know his coach Jeanne Maulson. They came to the StoryCorps Mobile booth in Oklahoma City to talk about the special relationship they’ve developed and how it helps encourage them.