Special Olympics return in-person to Chicago’s Soldier Field after 2-year pandemic absence

Special Olympics return in-person to Chicago’s Soldier Field after 2-year pandemic absence

CHICAGO (TOC) — There have been loads of cheers as Particular Olympics athletes paraded onto Soldier Area for opening ceremonies in Chicago Thursday.

After two years of other competitors because of the pandemic, Chicagoans with particular wants can participate in individual this yr. Among the many groups competing is the McGuane Park Magic.

“I actually missed it, however now I am actually glad we have now the Particular Olympics now,” Particular Olympian Julie Briones mentioned.

“This implies all the things to our athletes in Chicago,” mentioned Kate Grant, particular recreation coordinator for McGuane Park Magic. “Nevertheless, to be again in individual and to expertise all of it collectively could be very particular.”

Davion Anderson is a gold medal Olympian from the Winter Particular Olympics. Subsequent week, he’ll compete within the 100-meter and standing lengthy leap representing Northside Studying Heart Excessive College.

“We see some mates, and have enjoyable and do lots of issues,” Anderson mentioned.

“They lastly get that interplay, social interplay, getting out of the home, with the ability to simply stay life as soon as once more,” mentioned Shahenaz Abdelrahim, athletic director at Northside Studying Heart. “It is simply a tremendous factor for them.”

Particular Olympics Chicago founder Anne Burke organized the primary video games in 1965 in West Pullman Park.

“Our job is to verify everyone feels good about themselves,” Burke mentioned. “It is vital to allow them to go on to do different issues, and be inspired.”

Olympians carried the flame into Soldier Area with cheers from the gang. The everlasting flaming burning in Soldier Area is an emblem the video games are formally open.

The competitions begin subsequent week.

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