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Lifestyle

Local athletes compete at Special Olympics games

Every baseball player dreams of playing in a World Series. Every football player’s goal is to play in the Super Bowl. For 21 Opportunity House/KSRA Special Olympic athletes, the dream of being at the top of their game and competing against the best in their sport was achieved the weekend of June 12-14 at the Special Olympics Illinois State Summer Games at Illinois State University in Normal.

The Opportunity House/KSRA Thunder soccer team, seven bocce athletes and four aquatics athletes made up the participating athletes. Athletes and teams advanced to the State Summer Games by qualifying through district competitions at Neuqua Valley High School in Naperville, LaSalle Peru High School and Harlem High School in Machesney Park.

The State Summer Games gives the athletes the chance to travel and meet other athletes from Illinois.

In addition, all athletes stay in dorms and get to experience the Olympic village atmosphere. This close proximity with other athletes promotes lifetime friendships with other Special Olympians.

Opportunity House/KSRA Special Olympics offers area Special Olympic athletes with opportunities to compete in eight (aquatics, bocce, soccer, softball, golf, bowling, volleyball and basketball) Olympic-style sports. Opportunity House/KSRA serves approximately 97 athletes.

For information, email Marc Johnson at mjohnson@ohinc.org.

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