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Special Olympics group from NC headed to China for visit

Posted December 1, 2017 5:34 p.m. EST
Updated December 1, 2017 6:01 p.m. EST

— Special Olympics North Carolina is sending a group of 15 people to China on Saturday, part of an effort to promote inclusiveness in schools.

"We didn't have a passport (and) we had to get our visa ready," said Rachel Lamm, an NC State student who will travel abroad with the group for the week-long trip.

Lamm and Special Olympics athlete Jack Yarborough participated in this program last year when a delegation from China visited North Carolina.

"We took them to the mall, and took the around town," Lamm said. "That was really fun."

Yarborough is making his first trip out of the country and is most looking forward to trying the food in China.

"You know it!" he said.

The two countries will also continue to work on ways to improve inclusion and Special Olympics.

"Their school system is different so individuals with disabilities are separated from those without disabilities so their are two different schools," said Lamm.

This trip will be paid for by Special Olympics International.