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Best Friends Build a Brighter Future On and Off the Court

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Ernestas Sakalauskas and Linas Vasiliauskas

Lithuania is the small country of 3 million on the Baltic coast, but the nation has a record 28 participants at the Special Olympics Winter Games in Austria. 

These 28 include, for the first time, a floor hockey team featuring Ernestas Sakalauskas and Linas Vasiliauskas who are building their own path towards a brighter tomorrow - literally. 

These leaders of the team are on their way to become builders. Both are studying at Kaunas Building School and playing as many sports as possible. Their coach, Vida Misevičienė, said that the two could spend the whole day playing and never grow tired. “They are very motivated. They know that sports is their way of connecting to the world, having a chance to see more and control the emotions that sometimes can be overwhelming," he said.

About Me:

I am Dovilė and I come from Lithuania. I am a sports journalist there so it is a great privilige to cover Special Olympics with AIPS Young Reporters program.