Video: MSU Hosts Annual Special Olympics Event

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STARKVILLE, Miss. (WCBI) – Dozens of people came out to attend an annual sporting event this morning for people with special needs.

Hosted at Mississippi State’s Maddox Track Complex, the Special Olympics kicked off with a torch carrying ceremony. Games included the long jump, 100 yard dash and the shot put. Student athletes from all over the Golden Triangle and MSU volunteered to facilitate the competition. Organizers say the Special Olympic games give participants a chance to display their athletic gifts.

“It’s just a really good way to get the students involved on campus and involved with Special Olympics.
So we have a lot of classes here today who are here helping assist them and cheer them on to make sure they perform to the best of their ability,” says Event Coordinator Allie Ring.

The first International Special Olympics was held in Chicago in 1968. The sporting event was founded by Eunice Kennedy Shriver.

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