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Special Olympics will Bring the World to the Triangle

Posted June 26, 1997 12:00 a.m. EDT

— It will be the largest sporting event in our state's history. The Special Olympics World Games will bring athletes from more than 150 countries to the Triangle. Ten thousand athletes and coaches will be here, as well as 1,500 members of the media.

And it all happens just two years from now. 730 days to be exact, That's when they'll light the torch to begin the Special Olympics World Games. So today's milestone was a chance for a call to action.

It was part pep rally today in downtown Raleigh as Special Olympics President Tim Shriver introduced some local hopefuls, and part announcement.

Former Duke basketball star Grant Hill was named vice chairman of the World Games. He's been involved with Special Olympics for years, and says the job was an easy sell.

So, what's it like to be up on the podium with Grant Hill? Special Olympian Billy Quick summed it up best... "it's pretty awesome!"

Governor Hunt is asking everyone in North Carolina to get involved in the games. More than 2,000 volunteers are needed for the games to go smoothly.