Perham Special Olympic teams bring home medals

Members of the Perham Area Special Olympics team are pictured with their awards, team members include, first row, from left: Troy Tierney, Melissa Barvels, Lisa Maninga and Amanda Wothe. Back row, from left: Parker Glynn, Linda Barvels, Philip Tweeton, Ryan Schattschneider. Submitted photo

The Perham Area Special Olympics Team joined more than 2,000 athletes from Minnesota at the Fall Special Olympic Games on Sept. 28. Seven athletes competed in Bocce, competing in the Unified, Doubles and Singles Divisions, playing three matches per division with everyone coming home with medals per event.

Athletes also participated in Healthy Athlete Testing and Wellness Village Activities while attending the Fall Games.

The unified team of Melissa Barvels and Linda Barvels placed first in their division.

Melissa Barvels and her teammate Linda Barvels compete in the Unified Bocce Tournament. Submitted photo


In doubles, first place went to the team of Parker Glynn and Troy Tierney and the team of Lisa Maninga and Philip Tweeton. The team of Amanda Wothe and Ryan Schattschneider came in third place. Tweeton and Wothe both finished in first place in the singles event, while Glynn, Schattschneider and Tierney earned second place honors. Maninga and Melissa Barvels finished in third place.

The Perham Area Special Olympics team is a nonprofit organization that is funded through donations and volunteers' time as a member of Special Olympics Minnesota. If interested in donating, volunteering, being a unified partner or joining Special Olympics, contact Corinne Schattschneider at or call 218-758-3138.

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