Special Olympics VT Summer Games Begin

Published 05/30 2014 10:28PM

Updated 05/30 2014 10:36PM

BURLINGTON, Vt. - The Special Olympics Vermont 2014 Summer Games are underway.

Because of stormy conditions, the opening ceremonies were moved inside.
Organizers say more than 400 athletes from all over Vermont are taking part. They will compete in four sports including aquatics and softball.

But it's more than just a competition.

"It absolutely is. I think if you spoke with some athletes they talk about what they take away from participating. And that often is confidence, more enthusiasm, a strong desire to be the best they can be. I think it's also about the friendships they form. The friends they see season to season and they are really lifelong friends," says Lisa DeNatale, CEO of Special Olympics Vermont.

The three-day event is Special Olympics biggest annual competition.

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