Special Athletes

By: Donald Robinson
By: Donald Robinson

Each year, the Special Olympics gives children with special needs the opportunity to compete in sporting events and feel good about themselves.

Gwen Carrol is an eleven year veteran of the Special Olympics, she says she remember when she first heard about the opportunity to get involve.

"I got a notice sent home about Special Olympics," said Carroll. "I was so happy that they had something like this for handicap children."

Gwen says she loves to play different sports, and participating in the Special Olympics makes her feel like an athlete.

"I'm real athletic," said Carroll, "and it helps to do things like that in your spare time."

Gwen is a senior at Ft. DeFiance High School, she says because of her behavior disability she was to shy to try out for any of the sports at her high school. But because of Special Olympics, she feels more confident about her self.

"I have a lot of friends in this, said Carroll.

Vicky Carroll is Gwen's mom and she says through Special Olympics she has seen her daughter grow.

"I think she has learned to treat people better because she learned that there are kids that are more handicap than she is," said Vicky Carroll. "I have seen a difference in her."

Special Olympics officials say it's important that those who can support them do.

"We have 150 athletes that participate in 16 different sports, said Terry Case of the Special Olympics, "and we would like for them to participate without charging them a fee."

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