The Oregon Historical Society hosts Brave in the Attempt, a traveling exhibit featuring 50 years of Special Olympics Oregon memories and mementos with an open house on Saturday, May 21 from 10:00am to 1:00pm.
The traveling exhibit is sponsored by Kerry and Becky Tymchuk and the Austin Family. “For fifty years, Special Olympics Oregon has changed history for the better for countless athletes, their families, and volunteers,” says OHS Executive Director and longtime SOOR fan and supporter, Kerry Tymchuk.
The OHS exhibit includes an assortment of memories and memorabilia that highlight the impact SOOR has on the athletes and the Oregon community.
Items on display include: the Special Olympics Polar Plunge mascot, the relay torch that journeyed from Greece and lit the cauldron to start the 2015 Special Olympics USA Games in Los Angeles, athletes’ medals and ribbons, uniforms, and a very special portrait of Special Olympics Oregon Coach Doug Trice painted by Athlete Atheena McClaughry.
Special Olympics staff, volunteers, coaches and athletes will be at the exhibit during the open house, including gold medalist Henry Meece, who lives in Portland. He is featured in both the Brave in the Attempt exhibit and, as a Unified snowboarding medalist at the Winter XGames in Aspen, in the exhibit about Oregon’s winter sports called Freeze the Day! A History of Winter Sports in Oregon.