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By Betty Zhang
This week, Uvurkhangai Province held its first Special Olympics games, a two-day event with 36 athletes competing in shot-put, long jump, track, powerlifting, volleyball, and basketball.
East Asia Staff
Special Olympics means so much to her and to us as family members. She has gained so much confidence and made so many friends.
Douglas & Jannie Kenyon
Jose Ayala / wit a little help from his teacher Loretta....
I started participating in Special Olympics when I attended Napa High School. I am going to the post secondary program Transition 3 at NVUSD. I have been chosen to go to the World Games in LA this summer.
About 12 years ago I joined the Napa Valley Special Olympics when Cross country was offered. However,my county has seen many changes, but track and field hopefully will be here to stay.
Antonela Balbo and Delfina Sponda
Delfina and Antonela of Buenos Aires, Argentina took part in a Unified Athletics tournament held at their school. After the event they both agreed that it was a very enriching and mobilizing experience for them.
Mr John Makhathimo
When I went on the track, I was nervous, but I did it,
and that's the true meaning of bravery.
I was told that I can't do that because of my asthma and my disabilities I wouldn't survive. When I was 16 I started competing in track and field in Special Olympics in high school. Special Olympics Pennsylvania taught me to believe in myself.
Jean & Jan Finn
Last year, I met Mary Francis and during my 50-meter race I saw her on the ground, so I stopped, ran back and got her up and we both crossed the finish line together.
My Name is Eric Baumann, I have been doing Special Olympics since about 5th grade or 8 years old, and live the skills through Special Olympics.
Special Olympics Lover
Special Olympics has been so important in my life. It is not just about socializing and making friends. It is about Competition to. I have been competing in Special Olympics for a long time.
Sometimes you can win without even being able to see the finish line. Jerry Gatton is a runner. He is determined and eager.
In addition to having an intellectual disability, he was born blind.
Mr John Makathimo
Special Olympics welcomes applications for volunteer sport officials for the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles California, 24 July – 2 August 2015. The application deadline is July 1.