Alaska's Special Olympians have gathered at a special summer camp to help them relax after a season in competition.

Camp Shriver, named after Special Olympics founder Eunice Kennedy Shriver, offers a variety of training activities including floor hockey.

"My friends have a lot of fun, and we make a goal," said Special Olympian Katie Blankenburg.

This is the fourth year Wasilla High School senior Madeline Emmy has served as a partner at the camp. She says it's one of the best decisions she's ever made.

"The friendships, that's for sure; coming back every year and seeing the same smiling faces," Emmy said, as she reflected on her fondest memories.

Coaches work with the athletes to improve their skills. It's all part of the fun that is Camp Shriver.

The athletes receive two weeks of instruction, learning various sports at the Special Olympics Alaska Sports, Health, and Wellness Center.

"It's what we offer during the summer, these students will join their partners clubs at their high schools, and keep the movement of inclusion going throughout their tournaments and competitions that we offer at the school program level," said program director Joanna Paris.

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