The “special” in Special Olympics

Up until this past week, I’ve always thought that the “special” in Special Olympics referred to the fact that all of the athletes competing had special needs.  What I recently discovered, is that “special” describes everything about the Special Olympics.

Special are the volunteers who coordinate the details, motivate the athletes and make the experience memorable.


 Special is the community that comes together to show support and celebrate the human spirit.


Special are the teachers that encourage their students to be the best they can be.


Special are the family & friends who come to cheer from the sidelines.


 Special are the emotions a parent feels as they watch their child overcome obstacles.


Special are the teammates who realize that winning doesn’t have anything to do with coming in first place.


And special are the athletes who are always brave in the attempt.



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