GREAT FALLS – This week, nine people from Laos traveled more than 7,000 miles to Great Falls in order to learn more about Montana Special Olympics.
The Laotians came to learn about how non-profit organizations are run in the U.S.
Special Olympics Montana organized a bowling event at Little’s Lanes so the guests could learn about marketing an event as well as community involvement.
They also got to meet with Great Falls civic leaders to talk about American business and non-profits.
“Hopefully in Laos they will be able to help their people with disabilities to come out and be a part of their community as much as we value all members of our community here in Montana,” said LeAnn Dolly-Powell of Special Olympics Montana.
Thong Chanh “TC” Intsahska volunteers with Special Olympics in Laos, and says even though Montana is much colder than what he’s used to, he’s having a great time.
“It’s great fun and a great experience to bring back to Laos,” said TC.
As part of the welcome for these Laotian guests, October 25th was proclaimed Sports United-Special Olympics Unified Diplomacy Day in Great Falls.