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Athletes compete in NC Special Olympics Summer Games

Posted June 1, 2013

— More than 1,400 athletes traveled to the Triangle this weekend to compete in the 2013 Special Olympics North Carolina Summer Games. 

Competitions are held in aquatics, athletics, gymnastics, powerlifting, softball, and volleyball. 

Special Olympics North Carolina offers year-round training for more than 38,000 athletes, making it the second largest program in the U.S. and one of the largest in the world. 

Donovan Mouton, 21, is a swimmer in the summer games. He has Down syndrome. 

"He always wants to do his best. He always wants to improve. he always wants to learn more strokes. It's really exciting for him," said Robin Mouton, Donovan's mother. 

Mounton made a splash in his relay competition.

"It was great. They won the silver. It was excellent," said Mouton's father Ken, but 21-year old Mouton has higher aspirations. "I want to become Ryan Lochte. I want be a role model," Mouton said. 

Competition continues Sunday at locations in Raleigh and Cary.


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