A program continues to find a unique way to unite the community through fun.
This year's community Olympics proves to be a success once again, thanks to an increasing number of teams and individuals entering the challenges. Each year, officials try to change things up with different events to keep it fresh and exciting.
Everyone agrees that it helps Kearney grow.
"It's letting people know that Kearney is here and what it has to offer," said Omaha participant Kacey Wandery. "We talk about this to our friends back in Omaha and they think it's the neatest thing. You have all this opportunity to compete in things and test your abilities and have fun and not a serious hardcore competition."
"Just recreation is so important. Kearney has so much momentum going these days. Usually you're seeing people on the trails, in the park or families are doing everything," said Kearney Park and Recreation's Scott Hayden. "It's exciting to the town, it keeps the town vibrant, keep pushing for new parks, new amenities and it's great for the economy, it's great for individuals, it's great for people altogether."
More than 800 individuals and 35 teams entered this year's Community Olympics.