Connecticut's Special Olympics give children and adults with intellectual disabilities the chance to participate in athletic competitions. The organization has over 10,000 volunteers, 1,200 coaches, and 13,000 athletes and partners. This year’s summer games were held at Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven and Hamden Hall Country Day School in Hamden.
The athletes competed in track & field events, gymnastics, tennis, soccer, and swimming. Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal was on hand to cheer on the athletes. “I really love coming every year,” Senator Blumenthal said, “And look forward to it, because it is such a really ennobling, as well as inspiring experience.”
"I can tell you right now,” said Robert Doherty, President of CT Special Olympics, “If we went away tomorrow, 90% of our athletes would not be wearing a uniform, wouldn’t have a team, they wouldn’t have a coach, and they wouldn’t be feeling the self-esteem that they feel right now.”
Robert Doherty & U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal share their opinions.
Here, Paul Vitello & Dean Livsley talk about CT Special Olympics.
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