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Ramsey County-Maplewood Review people - published July 27, 2016
Maplewood Monarch athletes and coaches yelled their oath in the Richardson Elementary School gym, just like they do before every practice and competition: “We are the Monarch family. We respect and treat each other as equals. As we strive for greatness, we will: encourage each other, listen, be honest, be caring and loving. We are the Monarchs!”
The Maplewood Monarch Special Olympic team will be celebrating ten years as a team Aug. 7. The Maplewood Monarchs were started in 2006 by a “feisty” 75 year old mother, Donna M. Diebel at the urging of her two children, Angie and Tony. She recognized a need for a social outlet and competitive exercise.
The Monarchs started out with eight athletes and three coaches. Sixty to eighty athletes have joined the ranks of the Monarch over the last 10 years, and they have participated in over six sports offered by Special Olympics Minnesota. The Maplewood Monarchs Special Olympic team has been recognized on a state and national level.
Donations are always appreciated, as one of the team philosophies is that almost all of the costs associated with competing is covered by the team. To donate visit specialolympicsminnesota.org and checks can be made out to Maplewood Monarchs/Special Olympics Minnesota.