Special Olympics athletes visit Buffalo National River for field day

Photo: Overjoyed athletes pause for a photo with Smokey Bear. Photo: Courtesy T. Fondriest/NPS.

More than 100 Special Olympics athletes from northern Arkansas gathered at Tyler Bend earlier this month for a biannual field day in partnership with the National Park Service’s “Healthy Parks, Healthy People” program.

Athletes, event volunteers and National Park Service personnel enjoyed a nature hike and scavenger hunt, a dance party, disc golf, games and a healthy picnic lunch together at the Tyler Bend Pavilion.

Superintendent Mark Foust says there is not a single event or program offered at Buffalo National River that evokes more joy than a field day with friends from Special Olympics.

Foust says spending time outdoors is one of the most enjoyable paths to physical and emotional well-being. He says local communities are invited to make Buffalo National River a part of their health and wellness routine.

The biannual Special Olympics Field Day is sponsored by the Buffalo National River Partners, a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to the promotion, appreciation, preservation and protection of America’s first national river.



Photo: Athletes and volunteers share a celebratory moment while playing lawn bowling. Photo: Courtesy T. Fondriest/NPS.



Photo: Athletes participate in a guided nature hike and scavenger hunt. Photo: Courtesy T. Fondriest/NPS.

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