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Published March 18, 2011, 07:39 PM

Devils Lake Student asks Legislators to Continue Funding Special Olympics

A Devils Lake teenager is back from Washington D.C., where he met with legislators from North Dakota, asking them to continue funding Special Olympics.

A Devils Lake teenager is back from Washington D.C., where he met with legislators from North Dakota, asking them to continue funding Special Olympics.

Dallas Eken represented Special Olympic athletes from North Dakota in Washington, when he took part in Capitol Hill Day.

His coach, who is also his principal, asked him to make the trip.

In Washington Eken visited with Senator John Hoeven and Congressman Rick Berg.

He also spoke with representatives about the "spread the word to end the word" campaign.

Eken says both Special Olympics and Spread the Word have allowed him to grow.

"It helped me build self confidence and my self-esteem went up a little bit because it made me feel like I could do something," explains Eken.

Dallas was on a Devils Lake team that won a gold medal last week in its division of the State Special Olympics Basketball Tournament in Minot.

He says it is one of his proudest moments.

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