Hundreds of athletes gear up for the Special Olympics

EASTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – It might look like a competition, but one of the best parts is everyone walks away with a gold medal.

Athletes from across the state came to the Pioneer Valley this weekend to compete in the 32nd Annual Special Olympics state-wide summer games. The weekend’s events began on Saturday, and ended Sunday afternoon. Athletes had a chance to participate in softball, bocce, golf, cycling and fishing.

The Olympic-style event first began in other parts of the country back in 1968. The games give people with intellectual disabilities a chance to develop athletic skills, demonstrate courage, and of course, socialize with their new friends.

More than 75- athletes from across Massachusetts signed up to participate in this year’s Special Olympics Summer Games, an event that’s not only fun for them, but inspiring for everyone around them.

Shannon Largey volunteered for the games, but it wasn’t her first time. She told…

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