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Butte Special Olympians practice with Montana Tech football

Posted at 9:56 PM, Apr 22, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-10 21:19:15-04

BUTTE — A dozen Butte Special Olympians were Diggers for a day over the weekend, joining Montana Tech’s last football practice of the spring season.

Tech has been teaming up with Special Olympics Butte for a few years, and there were some familiar returners in this year’s group.

“I’m always excited, I love this,” said Special Olympian Tony Cloyd. “Always hanging out with these guys, it’s worth it.”

The Orediggers put their fellow athletes through a circuit of tackling and receiving drills.

“I think everybody had a good time. We had fun watching everybody compete,” said defensive back and event organizer Clay Dean. “It’s always a lot of fun getting to hang out with these guys.”

It’s an event that has improved in attendance on both sides each of its first few tries, and it’s the beginning of what could possibly be a much bigger relationship in the future. Dean and the Diggers hope to start a club at school that will set up more events between the two throughout the year.