Bank Honor Special Olympics Athlete

news_americanwest-special42Meeting an Olympic athlete is a special occasion worth celebrating and that was exactly the reason for a special ‘meet and greet’ on March 15, 2013 at the Chewelah AmericanWest Bank. Local Special Olympian Misty Finafrock and her family were the guests of honor as part of the bank’s initiative to celebrate Special Olympics Athletes across all of Eastern Washington and increase awareness about the important works of Special Olympics.

“Partnering with the Special Olympics and honoring Misty is a true delight for us and it was great fun to have her at the branch, meeting members of the community and sharing her story,” said Karrel Miller, AmericanWest Bank Chewelah Branch Manager. “It’s clear that Misty’s involvement in Special Olympics has provided her with incredible opportunities throughout her life.

Finafrock lives in Chewelah and has been a Special Olympics Washington athlete for more than 26 years. She currently competes in bowling and skiing and as a recent competitor of the 2013 Winter Games in Wenatchee where she received two second place medals in alpine skiing events.

Her visit to the branch is part of the Bank’s year-long partnership with Special Olympics Eastern Washington. Throughout the year, Misty and other athletes are being featured on life-size posters at all AmericanWest locations in Eastern Washington along with information about how members of the community can get involved with Special Olympics, including volunteer opportunities.

“We are delighted to honor Special Olympic athletes like Misty because they exemplify courage and inspire all us in our own lives while reminding us to reach out and be a part of something bigger,” Miller said.

Special Olympics Washington provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. To learn more about how you can help Misty and other athletes in our region by giving, volunteering or advocating the community is invited to stop by any area AmericanWest Bank branch, including Colville, Kettle Falls and Chewelah or visit

Submitted by AmericanWest Bank

In This Photo: Special Olympian and Chewelah resident, Misty Finafrock, is greeted by AmericanWest Bank Chewelah Branch employees on Friday, March 15. Jared Arnold photo