Meet the next generation of Special Olympians

The Special Olympic athletes of tomorrow received special attention Monday morning at the Pershing Center.

Monday morning, it was all about the next generation of Special Olympic athletes. Dozens of  athletes filled the Pershing Center ready to compete, but you won't see any of them competing in this year's games.  Instead, they're participating in the young athletes program.  Children ages 2 to 7 are fine tuning their skills for when they're old enough to compete. 

And after an active morning, the young athletes got one of heck of a surprise.  Bicycles from the non profit organization MAD Dads of Lincoln.

Young athletes had a chance to pick and choose through more than 150 bikes that were given to Team Nebraska's special needs Olympic children.

And to help keep the next generation strong and healthy athletes were given free medical screenings.

Volunteers from all over the country provided hearing, eye and even dental exams.  The Pershing Center will be one of the main venues for this years games.  Medical screenings will be held there all week for athletes.  So, if you missed out today you still have an opportunity to take advantage.