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Special Olympics wins by a hair

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ROCHELLE B. BIRKELO
February 24, 2011

Unlike Mick Jagger, Sammi Eaton got plenty of satisfaction Wednesday night.


The 9-year-old member of the Boys & Girls Club of Janesville had challenged club sports and recreation coordinator Boyd Maske, 21, to do the Wisconsin Special Olympics Polar Plunge with her Saturday during Whitewater's Freeze Fest.


Sammi's challenge: If Boyd raised more money than she raised, she would have to wear a girly dress to school and to the Boys & Girls Club for one day.


"Sammi wearing a dress would be social disaster for her. She hates wearing dresses," her mother, Caron Eaton, said.


But if Sammi raised more money than Boyd, she'd get to shave his head in front of other members at the club.


The Team Super Sammi versus Big Bad Boyd competition netted $622 in donations, but Sammi raised the biggest portion—$362.


She took great pleasure Wednesday in shaving Boyd's head, calling it "awesome."


Boyd remained expressionless as the clippers buzzed and club members chanted Sammi's name.


"She won fair and square," he said. "It was for a good cause."


Sammi, a third-grader at Washington Elementary, and her twin sister, Amanda, began attending the Boys & Girls Club after moving to Janesville from Arizona in 2009, Caron said.


"The Boys & Girls Club has played a huge part


in their lives where they


have made a lot of friends. The staff is amazing and has really become mentors for the kids," she wrote in an e-mail.


"Sammi and Boyd have a special connection and have become buds," Caron said.


"Sammi looks up to him, and he has so much patience with her," she said. "It's almost like a big brother-type thing."



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