SSG 2017 Opening Ceremony


6:30 pm – Pre-Show Entertainment

  • Mascots: Ollie – Missoula Osprey and Monte – The University of Montana
  • Music: High Street Band

7:00 pm – Opening Ceremony Highlights

  • Parade of Athletes: Special Olympics Montana Delegations
  • Performers: MCPS Bands, Mismo Gymnastics with Roots Acro Team
  • Remembrance: Honoring SOMT athletes, volunteers and fans of the movement
  • Governor’s Welcome: Governor Steve Bullock, Honorary Head Coach
  • Welcome: Kevin Riley, President & CEO First Interstate Bank and Phyllis Washington, The Dennis & Phyllis Washington Foundation
  • Masters of Ceremonies: Peter Christian & Timothy Zavarelli, Missoula Otters athlete
  • Invocation: Kyler Morrison, Whitefish Thunder athlete
  • Honor Song: Patricia Christensen, Mission High School
  • National Anthem: Very Special Arts Choir
  • Circle of Honor: Law Enforcement Honor Guard & over 100 LETR Officers from across the state usher in the Flame of Hope
  • Flame of Hope: Jessica Hasler, 2016 Athlete of the Year & UMPD Chief Marty Ludemann
  • Athlete Oath: Joe Gibson, Silver Bow DD Council athlete
  • Coaches Oath: Terri Stephens, Miles City Cowboys & Cowgirls coach
  • Officials Oath: Charlie Woida, SSG Powerlifting Venue Director
  • Closing Remarks: Bob Norbie, President & CEO of Special Olympics Montana