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Special Olympics Georgia Athlete Plays Unified with a Special Partner

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With over 200 mealds, athlete CJ Hranek is no stranger to success on the field, or the inclusion and feeling of community Special Olympics athletes receive. However, the multi-sport superstar did not always feel that way. CJ uses non-verbal communication to talk with other athletes, coaches and members the Special Olympics Georgia Community, which made life before becoming an athlete difficult. "Before joining Special Olympics, CJ never got the chance to do things the other kids did. He wasn't included," said CJ's mother, Becky. Then a classmate introduced CJ to an organization where individuals just like him could participate in sports that everyone else seemed to be able to do. Starting out as a bowler, the athlete found his groove with track and field. 10 years later, the Hranek family decided to become more involved, joining the organization as coaches, and this year, as Unified Partners. "I am competing in golf," texted CJ. "I am competing with my dad Saturday and hope we win!"

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Meghan is the Communications and Marketing Manager for Special Olympics Georgia in North America.

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