By Teren Kowatsch
Whitman County Gazette 

Local Special Olympics team starts basketball

Whitman County Cougars returning to normalcy


January 26, 2023

Photo courtesy of Debbie Niehenke

The Whitman County Cougars bowling team is pictured after medaling in state competition.

PULLMAN - When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, it was an eye-opener for a lot of people. Day-to-day activities that were on a constant schedule just stopped – along with the rest of the world.

One of those activities was athletics. From grade school all the way to professional levels, seasons were either moved to atypical dates, heavily abbreviated or outright canceled.

Such was the case for Special Olympics athletics. The Special Olympics committees and policy-makers placed a heavy emphasis on health-and-safety protocols to protect the athletes, many of whom have underlying conditions and dis...

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