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Special Olympics Marks 39th Anniversary

Posted July 22, 2007

— Special Olympics North Carolina marked its 39th anniversary with a new tournament this weekend.

The inaugural Midsummer Tournament for Special Olympics North Carolina was held in Raleigh.

More than 800 athletes competed in equestrian events, bowling and floor hockey.

Special Olympics North Carolina has one of the highest rates of athlete participation in the world among such programs.

The organization offers year-round sports instruction and competition to more than 38,000 children and adults with disabilities.


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  • valentine girl Jul 23, 2007

    Since there were so many athletes in the area for the Mid Summer Games, it would have been wonderful if WRAL and the other media would have promoted the activities. There was plenty of room at the Hunt Horse Complex for an appreciative audience, and the weather could not have been nicer! When Ken Smith is the Mcee for the Summer Games, there seems to be more coverage by WRAL. Athletes always love to have someone appreciate and understand their effort and hard work. I know because I get to see the excitement on their faces as they receive their medals and ribbons.

  • Deb1003 Jul 22, 2007

    It would've been nice to know this event was going on this weekend. Perhaps I missed an earlier broadcast of the upcoming event, but I'm usually good about reading the news. The best of luck to all the participants in any future events.

  • rah-rah-rita Jul 22, 2007

    Kudos to a terrific organization.

  • bruiser Jul 22, 2007

    I appreciate the coverage WRAL gives to Special Olympics, but I just wish there were more to the stories. Our olympians train all year for this, and to get about 20 seconds on the news program and a short article on your web page just doesn't seem to do them justice. This from the parent, coach, and committee member of Special Olympics!