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  • Special Olympics: baseball debuts

    Special Olympics: baseball debuts

    Friday, June 20 2014 5:31 AM EDT2014-06-20 09:31:33 GMT
    Baseball holds a special place on the American sports landscape. From a crack of the bat to a roar of the crowd, it is baseball. And it is making a debut at this year's Special Olympics USA Games.Delaware and Alabama played in the bronze medal game. Rhode Island and Tony Vlahovic's team from New Jersey competed for the first ever championship.
    Baseball holds a special place on the American sports landscape. From a crack of the bat to a roar of the crowd, it is baseball. And it is making a debut at this year's Special Olympics USA Games.Delaware and Alabama played in the bronze medal game. Rhode Island and Tony Vlahovic's team from New Jersey competed for the first ever championship.
  • Special Olympics: gymnastics

    Special Olympics: gymnastics

    Thursday, June 19 2014 7:14 PM EDT2014-06-19 23:14:53 GMT
    Three athletes and two coaches make up New Jersey's Special Olympics gymnastics team. They call themselves the Fab 5. Coach Donna Roberto says they've been training for the last 9 months. The athletes -- Alyssa Sims, Courtney Muns, and Molly Hebert -- were among the 32 participants involved in the gymnastics competition.
    Three athletes and two coaches make up New Jersey's Special Olympics gymnastics team. They call themselves the Fab 5. Coach Donna Roberto says they've been training for the last 9 months. The athletes -- Alyssa Sims, Courtney Muns, and Molly Hebert -- were among the 32 participants involved in the gymnastics competition.
  • Special Olympics Future Stars

    Special Olympics Future Stars

    Wednesday, June 18 2014 5:42 PM EDT2014-06-18 21:42:28 GMT
    Sure, 6-year-old Aimee Clark runs because it feels nice to have the wind in her hair, a cheering crowd at her back and, ultimately, a medal around her neck, but she also brought her talents to the track at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver Special Olympics facility in Lawrenceville, N.J., on a scorching-hot Wednesday with another goal in mind.
    Sure, 6-year-old Aimee Clark runs because it feels nice to have the wind in her hair, a cheering crowd at her back and, ultimately, a medal around her neck, but she also brought her talents to the track at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver Special Olympics facility in Lawrenceville, N.J., on a scorching-hot Wednesday with another goal in mind.
  • Special Olympics: Swimming, track and field at Princeton

    Special Olympics: Swimming, track and field at Princeton

    Tuesday, June 17 2014 5:58 PM EDT2014-06-17 21:58:37 GMT
    The Special Olympics USA Games are underway in New Jersey. Swimming and track and field events took place at Princeton, N.J., Tuesday. New Jersey Special Olympics athlete Jacqueline Fuentes, 17, pulled far away from the pack to take home a gold medal for track and field. She learned about the games a few years ago and has been competing ever since. Like so many of these athletes the games have changed how she feels about herself.
    The Special Olympics USA Games are underway in New Jersey. Swimming and track and field events took place at Princeton, N.J., Tuesday. New Jersey Special Olympics athlete Jacqueline Fuentes, 17, pulled far away from the pack to take home a gold medal for track and field. She learned about the games a few years ago and has been competing ever since. Like so many of these athletes the games have changed how she feels about herself.
  • Special Olympics underway

    Special Olympics underway

    Monday, June 16 2014 6:22 PM EDT2014-06-16 22:22:08 GMT
    Special Olympics athletes from Delaware and California spent an intense afternoon on the courts at the College of New Jersey locked in a fierce rivalry on Monday. Guard Heidi Sand was a high scoring player in this game. Heidi has competed in the Special Olympics for the past 18 years. Basketball is just one of a number of athletic competitions that got underway during the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games New Jersey.
    Special Olympics athletes from Delaware and California spent an intense afternoon on the courts at the College of New Jersey locked in a fierce rivalry on Monday. Guard Heidi Sand was a high scoring player in this game. Heidi has competed in the Special Olympics for the past 18 years. Basketball is just one of a number of athletic competitions that got underway during the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games New Jersey.
  • 2014 Special Olympics: Athletes arrive in NJ

    2014 Special Olympics: Athletes arrive in NJ

    Sunday, June 15 2014 4:16 AM EDT2014-06-15 08:16:04 GMT
    Athletes from across the country traveled in style to the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games in New Jersey.
    Athletes from across the country traveled in style to the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games in New Jersey.
  • Special Olympics: Athlete Jack Piscitell

    Special Olympics: Athlete Jack Piscitell

    Friday, June 13 2014 6:58 PM EDT2014-06-13 22:58:08 GMT
    Special Olympics Chairman Tim Shriver thinks nothing of exercising in a business suit. So why did he drop and do 20 with my nephew Jack? To understand that, a quick look back: on January 3, 2000, Giacomo Sabitino Piscitell was born at Columbia-Presbyterian Hospital in New York City. We quickly started calling him Jack in the Box because he was almost too big for his incubator.Jack was born with Down syndrome, a genetic disorder that causes intellectual disabilities.
    Special Olympics Chairman Tim Shriver thinks nothing of exercising in a business suit. So why did he drop and do 20 with my nephew Jack? To understand that, a quick look back: on January 3, 2000, Giacomo Sabitino Piscitell was born at Columbia-Presbyterian Hospital in New York City. We quickly started calling him Jack in the Box because he was almost too big for his incubator.Jack was born with Down syndrome, a genetic disorder that causes intellectual disabilities.
  • Flame of Hope makes stop in Times Square

    Flame of Hope makes stop in Times Square

    Wednesday, June 11 2014 12:32 PM EDT2014-06-11 16:32:23 GMT
    The countdown clock is ticking towards the start of the Special Olympics USA Games this weekend in New Jersey. Excitement for the big event hit a high on Wednesday when the Law Enforcement Torch Run made its way through Times Square. The Flame of Hope has been carried by Special Olympics athletes and more than 100 law enforcement volunteers from across the country in a five-day run with the final destination the Prudential Center in Newark on Sunday for the opening ceremony.
    The countdown clock is ticking towards the start of the Special Olympics USA Games this weekend in New Jersey. Excitement for the big event hit a high on Wednesday when the Law Enforcement Torch Run made its way through Times Square. The Flame of Hope has been carried by Special Olympics athletes and more than 100 law enforcement volunteers from across the country in a five-day run with the final destination the Prudential Center in Newark on Sunday for the opening ceremony.
  • Carly Rose Sonenclar visits Special Olympics athlete

    Carly Rose Sonenclar visits Special Olympics athlete

    Friday, May 30 2014 7:14 PM EDT2014-05-30 23:14:30 GMT
    Teen singing sensation Carly Rose Sonenclar wowed the judges and lit up the stage on the second season of "The X-Factor." The young runner-up became a huge fan favorite. Among her biggest fans is Special Olympics athlete Maggie Guggiari of West Milford, New Jersey. After Maggie's teacher wrote a touching letter to Carly's dad, the singer made a surprise visit to Maggie's after-school practice.
    Teen singing sensation Carly Rose Sonenclar wowed the judges and lit up the stage on the second season of "The X-Factor." The young runner-up became a huge fan favorite. Among her biggest fans is Special Olympics athlete Maggie Guggiari of West Milford, New Jersey. After Maggie's teacher wrote a touching letter to Carly's dad, the singer made a surprise visit to Maggie's after-school practice.
  • Special Olympics: Champions Among Us

    Special Olympics: Champions Among Us

    Tuesday, May 20 2014 2:38 PM EDT2014-05-20 18:38:30 GMT
    Rosanna Scotto hosts Special Olympics USA Games: Champions Among Us. The Special Olympics USA Games take place June 14 to 21 in New Jersey.Special Olympics USA Games coverage
    Rosanna Scotto hosts Special Olympics USA Games: Champions Among Us. The Special Olympics USA Games take place June 14 to 21 in New Jersey.Special Olympics USA Games coverage
  • Special Olympics: football clinic by NFL Players

    Special Olympics: football clinic by NFL Players

    Friday, May 16 2014 9:03 PM EDT2014-05-17 01:03:12 GMT
    Kids are taught to dream big. For a day, a large group of New York City kids were able to live out their dream of taking the field with a professional football player. Special Olympics athletes from New York City's District 75 along with other students who've overcome challenges hit the turf with many of the future stars of the NFL.
    Kids are taught to dream big. For a day, a large group of New York City kids were able to live out their dream of taking the field with a professional football player. Special Olympics athletes from New York City's District 75 along with other students who've overcome challenges hit the turf with many of the future stars of the NFL.
  • Special Olympics: Athlete Daniel Fletcher

    Special Olympics: Athlete Daniel Fletcher

    Friday, May 9 2014 6:13 PM EDT2014-05-09 22:13:11 GMT
    Long Island's own Daniel Fletcher is competing this year in powerlifting at the Special Olympics 2014 USA Games New Jersey in June. His parents, Warren and Edna Fletcher, will be there every step of the way as both mom and dad and as coaches. They help coach Daniel and the entire East End Powerlifters.
    Long Island's own Daniel Fletcher is competing this year in powerlifting at the Special Olympics 2014 USA Games New Jersey in June. His parents, Warren and Edna Fletcher, will be there every step of the way as both mom and dad and as coaches. They help coach Daniel and the entire East End Powerlifters.
  • Special Olympics: Athlete Kristen Clark

    Special Olympics: Athlete Kristen Clark

    Friday, May 2 2014 6:01 PM EDT2014-05-02 22:01:38 GMT
    Kristen Clark, 37, landed in her first swimming pool thanks to her mom's gene pool. "She actually told me that before she gave birth to me that I did a cartwheel in her stomach," Kristen said. But before enduring those abdominal acrobatics, Patricia Clark placed 14th at the 1956 Olympic swim trials. "She was a world-class diver," Kristen said. And Kristen would argue she was also a world-class coach.
    Kristen Clark, 37, landed in her first swimming pool thanks to her mom's gene pool. "She actually told me that before she gave birth to me that I did a cartwheel in her stomach," Kristen said. But before enduring those abdominal acrobatics, Patricia Clark placed 14th at the 1956 Olympic swim trials. "She was a world-class diver," Kristen said. And Kristen would argue she was also a world-class coach.
  • Special Olympics Spring games at West Point

    Special Olympics Spring games at West Point

    Tuesday, April 29 2014 3:39 PM EDT2014-04-29 19:39:52 GMT
    The annual Special Olympics Spring games at West Point were held Saturday, April 26th.The regional games had a large contingent from Team New York on hand from across the state at the event.The annual games are organized by the West Point Cadets. The Opening Ceremonies began at 9:45 a.m. with competitions until about 4 p.m.
    The annual Special Olympics Spring games at West Point were held Saturday, April 26th.The regional games had a large contingent from Team New York on hand from across the state at the event.The annual games are organized by the West Point Cadets. The Opening Ceremonies began at 9:45 a.m. with competitions until about 4 p.m.
  • Special Olympics: Athlete Sara Chamberlain

    Special Olympics: Athlete Sara Chamberlain

    Tuesday, April 29 2014 3:38 PM EDT2014-04-29 19:38:26 GMT
    The 2014 Special Olympics USA Games are coming to New Jersey in June. Nearly 3,500 athletes are expected to compete.As a young girl, Sara Chamberlain found it hard to talk to others because of her shyness.
    The 2014 Special Olympics USA Games are coming to New Jersey in June. Nearly 3,500 athletes are expected to compete.As a young girl, Sara Chamberlain found it hard to talk to others because of her shyness.
  • Special Olympics: CEO T.J. Nelligan

    Special Olympics: CEO T.J. Nelligan

    Tuesday, April 29 2014 3:37 PM EDT2014-04-29 19:37:27 GMT
    As chairman and CEO of the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games, T.J. Nelligan is one of its biggest supporters. But his role is much more than a job. For him, it's personal.T.J.'s work with Special Olympics began because of his role as Sean's father. Sean has an intellectual disability. Beyond sports, Sean is living the dream of working with his best friend Bobby in T.J.'s restaurant, the Montville Inn in Montville.
    As chairman and CEO of the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games, T.J. Nelligan is one of its biggest supporters. But his role is much more than a job. For him, it's personal.T.J.'s work with Special Olympics began because of his role as Sean's father. Sean has an intellectual disability. Beyond sports, Sean is living the dream of working with his best friend Bobby in T.J.'s restaurant, the Montville Inn in Montville.
  • Special Olympics: Athlete Valerie Romero

    Special Olympics: Athlete Valerie Romero

    Tuesday, April 29 2014 3:36 PM EDT2014-04-29 19:36:36 GMT
    Valerie Romero, 43, just aced the spot-shooting portion of a Special Olympics basketball skills competition in the Bronx. "I'm feeling good," she said. "I just can't wait for June to get here. It's taking too long." Earlier this year, the committee notified Valerie and her mother Nancy they'd like for Valerie to compete at the USA games in nearby Princeton, New Jersey, come June.
    Valerie Romero, 43, just aced the spot-shooting portion of a Special Olympics basketball skills competition in the Bronx. "I'm feeling good," she said. "I just can't wait for June to get here. It's taking too long." Earlier this year, the committee notified Valerie and her mother Nancy they'd like for Valerie to compete at the USA games in nearby Princeton, New Jersey, come June.
  • Special Olympics: Athlete Jessica Spitz

    Special Olympics: Athlete Jessica Spitz

    Tuesday, April 29 2014 12:06 PM EDT2014-04-29 16:06:25 GMT
    Jessica Spitz, 18, is training for one of the biggest days of her life. The Commack, Long Island, High School senior will be competing in the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games in the 100-yard dash and the shot put. From the moment Jessica joined Special Olympics last year, she was hooked.
    Jessica Spitz, 18, is training for one of the biggest days of her life. The Commack, Long Island, High School senior will be competing in the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games in the 100-yard dash and the shot put. From the moment Jessica joined Special Olympics last year, she was hooked.
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