Sports Extra: The incredible athletes of the Special Olympics

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by Bob Allen / KHOU11 News

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Posted on May 12, 2014 at 7:17 AM

HOUSTON – For one moment in time, some very special people who are a little different than others in their everyday lives are just like everyone else – and they take pride in it! The athletes who participate in the Special Olympics are not going for the contracts, the scholarships, the adulation or the ego rush; their victories are personal.

KHOU 11 News’ Bob Allen attended the spring games in Humble and was reacquainted with what exactly makes the Special Olympics “special.” The organization gives intellectually and developmentally disabled people of all ages the chance to compete and have their day in the sun, being just like everyone else and taking pride in what they do.

These games are not about winning, but about finishing. The oath of the Special Olympics is “Let me win but if I can not win, let me be brave in the attempt.”

The Special Olympics is a part of the true essence of sports for the best reasons imaginable.

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