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Event helps ETX kids develop confidence, friendships


It was a day of Olympic track and field. But for those who competed, it meant much more.

This was the first-ever Upshur County Special Olympics Field Day at Gilmer's Buckeye stadium.

With fanfare and opening ceremonies, athletes entered Buckeye Stadium honoring the Olympic oath; to participate.

For kids like 15-year-old Adrian Bosh, it's a treasure.

"I thank my teammates for doing a really good job on this," says Bosh.

Volunteer Orlando Johnson says, "This event touches the hearts of our kids. It lets them know that they are more than capable of doing the things that are expected of others."

From javelin to relay races, more than 130 athletes from all over East Texas came to run, throw, and win--just by taking part.

Event coordinator Amanda Wells says, "It touches the lives of both the kids with special needs and our kids that are out here helping to volunteer. I think it's just a connection between the two."

In the process, they develop confidence and long-lasting friendships, allowing them to take away some more important than gold or silver medals.

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