Wis. Special Olympics This Weekend
STEVENS POINT, Wis. (AP) -- Hundreds of Special Olympians are competing at the annual summer games in Stevens Point Friday and Saturday.
The games kicked off with a parade of athletes Thursday evening after law enforcement Torch Run supporters carried a flame across the state to light the cauldron in Stevens Point.
An estimate 1,600 athletes will compete in soccer, track and field, swimming and powerlifting. There are another 4,000 or more coaches, volunteers and spectators at the University of Wisconsin campus, where the game are held.
Spectators include A.J. Hawk of the Green Bay Packers, who's the official spokesman for the Special Olympics of Wisconsin. He says it doesn't matter if the athletes are getting a gold medal or finishing last, they enjoy participating and the sportsmanship.
Information from: WSAW-TV, http://www.wsaw.com
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