Special Olympics began in 1968 when Eunice Kennedy Shriver organized the First International Special Olympics Games at Soldier Field, Chicago.
Since 1968, millions of children and adults with intellectual disabilities have participated in Special Olympics programs throughout the world.
In 1971, Idaho became part of Idaho Special Olympics, and in 1981, the first Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics took place, and it’s grown to be far more than a single event, but a year-around program of events.
In this, the 40th year of the run for Special Olympics, participating officers from around Idaho are celebrating by sharing stories, pictures and more of as many of the memories made as can be remembered, and today, two Boundary County residents were in the spotlight.
Boundary County Sheriff David Kramer and his wife, Andrea, have been involved in both Idaho Special Olympics and the Torch Run for years, and they helped bring Special Olympics to Bonners Ferry many years ago.
One of the first athletes to sign up was Michael “Mikey” Bjoraker, and he and Dave have forged an amazing bond of friendship that’s never faded. Bonners Ferry Police Chief Brian Zimmerman and his wife, Roberta, were also instrumental in launching Bonners Ferry’s participation.
“Michael loves to snowshoe and likes to try and get Sheriff Kramer out there with him,” an Idaho Special Olympics official wrote in a post to Vimeo that shares the story. “The joy they have brought each other is why we’re all here. Thank you for sharing your story Michael, and Sheriff Kramer too!