The St. Croix Valley Lumberjacks were honored at the Special Olympics Minnesota Distinguished Service Awards Banquet on Sept. 22 at Treasure Island Resort and Casino.
The Lumberjacks received their distinguished service award as the Most Outstanding Delegation for 2012.
Lumberjacks athlete Kristina Fritz was also honored as the Most Outstanding Female Athlete.
Each year, Special Olympics Minnesota recognizes individuals, organizations and volunteers who have made significant contributions to the program’s growth and success. Winners are selected by a diverse committee of volunteers and staff members.
One of the highlights for 2012 was the SOM Summer Games, which were conducted at Stillwater Area High School.
In addition to track and field, the Lumberjacks provides year-round sports training and competition, including golf, bowling, skiing/snowboarding, basketball and aquatics.
Another local group, the St. Croix Trail Blazers, is a Special Olympics equestrian team for Stillwater-area athletes.