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Biker Dad: Bikers help Special Olympians hit the road too

SOUTHAVEN, MS (WMC) -

Dozens of Special Olympians from DeSoto County are about to hit the road for a big event. They’re getting a lot of help from local bikers. Bikers took off all over North Mississippi for the great cause Saturday. They took part in the Special Olympics dice run that began and ended at Southern Thunder Harley Davidson in Southaven. 

Mary Wims, a volunteer with the Special Olympics has good reason to get involved. 

“We have a son who is now 17 who was diagnosed with autism at the age of 8 years old," she said. "He wasn’t allowed really to play competitive sports. Special Olympics gives him that outlet where he has sports that he can play.” I asked her son "what do you think about all these guys on motorcycles coming out to help?" he replied “It’s fun, happy.” 

The Special Olympians are headed to Hattiesburg, Mississippi, for an event in a few weeks and the dice run will help cover their expenses. One of the athletes is 22-year-old Kelsey Schumacher, who has Down Syndrome. "What do you think about the motorcycles?" I asked her. With an award-winning smile she said "AWESOME!"

Her parents told me they couldn't be more grateful about the opportunities Special Olympics have provided their family, and they appreciate the support from bikers too, "“She’s pretty excited. We’re going in our car because we don’t have a motorcycle," said Frances Schumacher

“That’s the thing with these bikers," said Dewayne Wims with Special Olympics, "they’ll do anything for these kids or anyone else, they are great supporters."

I know first hand how amazing the Special Olympics experience can be for a family. My older sister has a severe intellectual disability. When she was a young-adult she too was a Special Olympian. It's a great cause to support. If you'd like to do so, check out the Special Olympics Mississippi website.

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Chris Best is the Assistant News Director for WMC Action News 5. He's a husband and father of four, He's also a motorcycle enthusiast.

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