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Thousands of athletes compete in Special Olympics

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — The Special Olympics kicked off Saturday in New Haven and Hamden with more than 2,300 athletes who came out from all corners of the state. They competed in six different sports, including aquatics, track and field, cycling, and soccer.

Five-hundred coaches and nearly 3,000 volunteers help put the event on every year.

“It really kind of helps an athlete with their social life and with the sports side of things,” said Beau Doherty, the President and C.E.O. of Special Olympics Connecticut. “Certainly, there’s a lot of joy, I believe, in the awards that our athletes get at these events.”

The athletes can also get a health check up from eye and foot doctors and even dentists while at the event.

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